Hang ’em high
Our local KMGH Channel 7 ran this story at 6 pm. Also KUSA Channel 9, KDVR, KCNC, and The Denver Post. Two vandals were caught in the act and on camera, brazenly spray painting boulders on Lookout Mountain (nature center and preserve) near Golden, Colo. With any luck, the next story we see will be reporting their arrest and prosecution. It’s only a matter of time, since the photographer also recorded their license plate. (I understand why the plate number wasn’t shown, but it might be helpful to know if was local or out of state. The temporary plate shown in the video may not be theirs.)
The KMGH story said “the vandals could face a misdemeanor defacement of property charge, with a punishment of up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.” Personally I’d hit them with the maximum possible sentence.
Meantime, I’m glad the photographer, identified on YouTube as “Bob Sanders,” is unhurt; he’s just plain lucky. Lawbreakers like this might very well have attacked him — or worse — when he called them out. They did threaten to find him if he posted the video on YouTube but obviously he was undeterred. With any luck, the authorities will find them before they find Sanders.
This is Colorado. We’re very protective of our beautiful outdoors. If you’re stupid enough to do this here, be prepared to pay.