Vandals damage the Benedict Music Tent |

Vandals damage the Benedict Music Tent

Aspen Times Staff Report

Police are looking for information that might lead to the capture of a vandal, or group of vandals, who is breaking into the Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent.

According to Aspen police Sgt. Leon Murray, the vandals broke into the tent sometime between the evening of Feb. 2 and the morning of Feb. 5, and entertained themselves by shooting off hundreds of small plastic BB-type pellets.

The pellets were scattered around the tent when Murray was called to the scene by Aspen Music Festival and School officials Monday.

The real problem, though, is the estimated $1,000 in damage done to the tent in the break-in, Murray said. He explained that one of the louvers that form the wall surrounding the seats inside the tent was broken, and a portion of the fabric of the tent cover itself was damaged.

In addition, Murray said, someone got into the tent three weeks ago and shot off some fireworks. Murray said he did not have information immediately available about that earlier act of vandalism, but said he believes the two incidents may be connected.

Murray is hoping that local parents or teenagers who have any information about these acts of vandalism will call him at the Aspen Police Department.

He said the vandals left behind a plastic bottle of white pellets, labeled “High Grade BB Soft Gun,” and a tube that Murray believes was used to load the gun that fired the pellets.

“This is a chance for parents and kids to step forward” and help police with their investigations, Murray said, noting that there have been cases in the past where numerous citizens knew the identity of criminal suspects but did not call police with the information.

Music Festival vice president Edward Sweeney said the organization is planning to install a security system to prevent further incidents.

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