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Reward offered for information on RFTA vandals

Staff report

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is offering a $250 reward for information about two men caught on video trashing the Brush Creek bus stop earlier this month.

Mike Hermes, RFTA’s director of facilities, released a new photo of the two men Friday, which was taken with a cellphone by another passenger on the Aug. 9 late-night downvalley bus the men rode to the Brush Creek stop.

The two men in their 20s were on the 2 a.m. bus and were kicked off at Brush Creek for swearing, trying to start fights with other passengers and using threatening gestures, according to reports from RFTA security guards. They appeared to be drunk, Hermes said.

As soon as the bus and security left Brush Creek, however, the men picked up large rocks and used them to break five large panes of glass and one pane of plexiglass. Video cameras at the bus stop recorded the destruction.

Hermes estimated the damage at about $5,000 and said it will likely be about six weeks before the replacement glass is shipped and installed.

Both men were described as white, in their 20s, about 5-feet-4-inches tall and 140 pounds. One wore glasses, while the other told a security guard his name was “Jeff,” according to the reports.

Anyone with information about the two men can call the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at 970-920-5300 or Hermes at 970-384-4973.

Incidents of vandalism at RFTA stops are increasing lately, Hermes said, including a man in Carbondale two months ago who shot out four panes of glass at a stop. All RFTA buses and bus stops are covered by a significant amount of cameras, Hermes said as a warning to anyone who might consider committing such acts in the future.