Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Vandals strike 9 Ketchum buildings

Express Staff Writer

The wall of a parking garage at the Olympic Terrace project at Sixth Avenue and Washington Street shows the work of vandals Friday. Nine Ketchum buildings were hit with graffiti or other kinds of damage sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. Police are offering a $250 reward for information that may solve the case. Photo by Willy Cook

The Ketchum Police Department is offering a $250 reward for information leading to the identification or arrest of a vandal or vandals who struck multiple Ketchum buildings last week.

At least nine structures were marked with graffiti or otherwise vandalized sometime between Thursday evening and Friday morning, March 30 and 31, according to a news release issued by the department.

The vandalism ranged from graffiti to destruction of security keypads, cutting of tree lights and other criminal acts categorized by Idaho law as malicious injury to property.

Damage estimates total thousands of dollars.

Businesses damaged throughout the community core include: Olympic Terrace condominium project at 631 Washington Ave., Gallery De Novo at 320 First Ave. North, Gail Severn Gallery at 400 First Ave. North, McCann-Daech-Fenton Realtors at 271 Leadville Ave., Classic Realty at Second Street and First Avenue, the Copper Ridge building at 271 Washington Ave., Ketchum Dry Goods at 511 E. Sun Valley Road, Kentwood Lodge at 180 S. Main St., and the Williams Market building at 100 N. Main St.

"In 30 years of construction in the valley, including building The Mint, Colonnade and Christiania (projects), I have never been tagged before," said commercial superintendent Dave Anderson of Steed Construction, the company in charge of building the Olympic Terrace project.

The Ketchum Police Department recommends reporting all acts of vandalism immediately and removing graffiti promptly to prevent it from occurring again.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding these crimes to call the KPD at 726-7819.

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