“It looks as though somebody traveling downhill on the road [CR 58P] took some shots at the window of one piece of equipment near mile-marker two,” said Norman Squier, and investigator with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department. “They kept going and took at least ten shots at the equipment near mile-marker one. The road grader took four rounds.”
Squier said the equipment belonging to Downey Excavation was being used to install electric cable on Hastings Mesa and the county’s road-grader was probably there for routine road maintenance.
“The equipment that took at least ten shots was the most directly involved in the installation of the electric cable,” he said.
Right now, it is uncertain if the incident was an occurrence of someone firing weapons at random targets or if it was a deliberate attempt to ruin construction equipment. There is no evidence of other vandalized objects, such as street signs, in the area.
“This doesn’t seem like a bunch of kids shooting up things for fun,” Squier said. “There were other ‘targets’ that they passed, but were not selected to be shot at. I don’t know that this is a random incident. There have been instances in the historical past on Hastings Mesa, but that is no reason to set it apart from anywhere else in the county.”
The sheriff’s office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest/conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the damage.
“Our investigation is continuing and we have not exhausted all of the leads we have thus far, but there have been no claims as to who has done it,” said Squier.
Any information regarding the July 1 incident can be given to Deputy Todd Gordon or Squier at the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office at 728-1911. The sheriff’s office does not use caller ID and anybody who calls can remain anonymous and all information will be kept confidential.