July 17, 2012
Contact: Christopher B Joyner, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 210-2126
BLM Needs Help In Identifying Vandalism Suspect
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking
immediate help in identifying an individual believed responsible for damaging an
archeological artifact on public lands.
The suspect was caught on video allegedly vandalizing a petroglyph in the Bangs
Canyon Special Recreation Management Area. The alleged crime took place
during late February 2012. If anyone recognizes or has information leading to
the prosecution of the suspect, please call BLM law enforcement Rangers at
(303) 239-3803. A reward may be offered for information leading to the
successful prosecution of the suspect(s).
The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Archeological Resources Protection Act of
1979, among other public laws and regulations, protects archeological resources
upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States. It is
a crime to remove, damage or deface items of historic or scientific interest on
federal lands. The BLM maintains routine on-going patrol presence on multiple
sites of historic or scientific interest. However, your assistance is also requested
in aiding these federal law enforcement rangers by reporting suspicious activities
or crimes to BLM law enforcement officers at (303) 239-3803.
Note to media: Attached is still photos of the suspect. We are requesting your
assistance in releasing this information to the public in hopes that we can identify
the person responsible for the damage.
For more information, contact BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Bryce Stewart at