Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers now has first-hand experience in what it’s like to be the victim of a crime.
During the Colorado Balloon Classic, vandals tried to break into a box that Crime Stoppers had left in a booth overnight Sunday.
“Yes, Crime Stoppers had a crime committed against them,” Bonnie Johnson, who just became the group’s vice president, said on Facebook.
The box, which Crime Stoppers had borrowed from a band, contained a computer, two printers, cameras and a generator valued at $1,000. Pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog and the McGruff costume were in the box, too.
“Monday morning McGruff was crying his eyes out,” Johnson wrote.
The box “was locked up well with a cable and lock, so luckily they never gained access but they destroyed the entire top,” which will cost “a lot of money” to repair, Johnson wrote.
“If you know or have heard anything about this crime, please call us.”
The number to Crime Stoppers is 634-STOP.