Police Station Tagged, Video Surveillance Misses Culprits

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

Pueblo's brand new police station and municipal court building was vandalized by a brazen criminal sometime early Friday morning. Police can't be sure exactly when the tagging occurred, but they do know it happened sometime within a three hour window.

The front entrance to the building was covered with blue paint. Police had it cleaned up shortly after it was found.

Normally, security cameras at the $25 million building point directly into this area, making such a bold act foolish. But those cameras were not pointing at the front doors when the tagger left his mark.

Instead they were pointed across the street, at the area designated for Colorado State Fairgoers could get onto and off of busses that would ferry them to the fair. "We felt that public safety, safety of citizens, kind of trumped the security of the building so we had those cameras retasked," says Deputy Chief John Ercul with the police department.

Ercul says, detectives are already investigating the vandalism, looking for clues that will lead them to whomever thought they could get away with tagging the front doors of a police station.

Meanwhile, those living in the area are reacting to the crime. "That's pretty disrespectful to the police," says Pueblo resident Genell Faxas. College student and long time Pueblo resident Angel Lucero agreed, "I hate it. It's typical though here in Pueblo, there's all kinds of graffiti everywhere."

Many people liked the idea of pointing the camera at the bus stop, and were relieved to know the cops were keeping an eye on it. Some of them, however, mentioned that maybe the police need more cameras on the new police building so they don't have to sacrifice protecting it while protecting the public.

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  • by Billie Location: Pueblo on Oct 7, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    that is sad because that is a beautiful building, but these kids or immature adults with nothing to do just felt that they had to push the nickel as close to the line as they dared and so far have gotten away with it, but not for long.
  • by John on Sep 7, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    Probablly some wannabe gang members. They are all just a bunch of pathetic jokes.
  • by MGR on Sep 7, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Sounds to me like an inside job. Who else would know the position of the cameras. Maybe a disgruntled Pueblo police officer. Ha Ha. Better them than my house.
  • by shell Location: nisi on Sep 7, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    people are way more important than a building. its not a crime wave or the end of the world. tagging will continue and be a pain for us all that dont mean that the police are failing at there job. keep a watch on the bus and hopefuly the kind people of pueblo will keep an eye out for taggers to report them.. people 1st property 2nd.
  • by 420 Location: 719 on Sep 7, 2010 at 04:28 AM
  • by ME Location: Pueblo on Sep 6, 2010 at 09:23 PM
    Taggerz are common every where. They lack any lasting permanence in society and strive to make their mark. They Tag in an attempt of dominion only to destroy what they expect to be their legacy. They are a bane on private property owners in an attempt to accumulate what they will always lack socially.
  • by real observations Location: cs on Sep 6, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    That's embarrassing.
  • by jb Location: pueblo on Sep 6, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    maybe they will work harder on the real problems around pueblo but i dont think so
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 6, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    Way to do a camera/equipment check guys. Give that person a promotion lol.
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