Basalt architecture firm’s pillars stolen |

Basalt architecture firm’s pillars stolen

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Four granite pillars were stolen from outside a Basalt architecture firm this week.

An employee noticed they were gone Wednesday morning.

“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. Drag marks were left as the pillars were pilfered.

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

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

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

“Oftentimes 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 about the stone pillars to contact police at 927-4316.

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