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Pillars stolen from outside of Basalt Architect firm

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Employees of a Basalt architect firm were surprised to find on Wednesday morning that four granite pillars that were laying next the building for more than seven years, were missing.

“We had four pillars laying horizontally on the ground, 12-feet tall, 10-inches wide, about 1,000 pounds a piece,” said Ian Oteo with Michael Fuller Architects. “They had been on the side of the building for about eight years.”

Oteo said that the pillars were taken sometime late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning. An employee noticed them missing Wednesday morning.



Oteo said that drag marks were left where the pillars had been dragged away.

According to Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda, one of the pillars would have required three or four men to carry it.



“This is an odd sort of theft,” Ikeda said. “We’ve been fairly slow as far as theft of opportunity goes.”

But occasionally, Ikeda said that Basalt Police will find a sculpture, or often times yard ornaments are taken by kids as a prank.

“Often times kids take them as a prank and we’ll recover them in a strange place,” Ikeda said. “Hopefully that is the case here.”

As of Friday morning the police had not recovered the pillars, which are estimated to be worth between $2,000 and $4,000, according to Oteo.

Basalt police ask that anyone with information regarding, or if anyone has seen the stone pillars to contact police at 927-4316.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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