Vandals ordered to pay more than $100K for damaging trailhead near Steamboat Springs |

Vandals ordered to pay more than $100K for damaging trailhead near Steamboat Springs

Scott Franz | Steamboat Today
Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy Aaron Arsenault prepares to try to recover fingerprints from an overturned skid steer at the Ridge Trailhead on the west side of Emerald Mountain. Vandals hijacked three pieces of construction equipment and caused more than $100,000 worth of damage at the trailhead that was being improved.
Scott Franz/Steamboat Today

— Two men who vandalized the Ridge Trailhead on Emerald Mountain in 2015 have learned their crime really didn’t pay.

The Routt County District Court on Friday ordered Charles C. Enger and Michael A. Jones to pay $114,030.16 for the extensive damage they caused to the trailhead.

Enger commandeered several pieces of heavy construction equipment stationed at the trailhead and drove a dozer into a brand new, $40,000 bathroom facility. A skid steer was also overturned at the parking area.

Enger told investigators Jones showed him how to use the equipment.

Jones said he only watched as Enger wreaked havoc on the public facilities.

The mens’ actions forced contractors to redo much of their work and delayed the trailhead opening to the public by several months.

The restitution they will have to pay will compensate the contractors for the work they had to redo.

In a press release, District Attorney Brett Barkey stated that “making crime victims who suffer financial loss whole again is a critical part of holding offenders accountable.”

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