Steamboat police seek public’s help after finding swastika in public park

After investigating a swastika that was burned into a picnic table near the high school late last month, Steamboat Springs police have turned over information from their investigation to the District Attorney's office, but the DA's office says it lacks sufficient evidence to prosecute the case.
Steamboat Springs Police Department/Courtesy photo

On Wednesday, Steamboat Springs city workers discovered a picnic table at Memorial Park had been vandalized by someone who burnt a large swastika on its top.

The park is next to Steamboat Springs High School, and police are investigating the incident, which is being described as “bias-motivated criminal mischief,” according to a Thursday news release.

“There is no place in our small community for this type of behavior,” Steamboat Springs Police Chief Mark Beckett said in the release. “Our youth need to understand the impact that bias-based crimes and antisemitism have on our community.”

A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest, and people are encouraged to call the Steamboat Springs Police Department at 970-879-1144 with any information about the crime.

“I firmly believe many youths in our community have forgotten the impact that the Holocaust and World War II had on the global community,” Beckett continued. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated, and we are working hard to identify those involved and hold them accountable.”

If tipsters want to remain anonymous, they can call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226.

Citizens can also text a tip by first texting “NABM” to 274637 (CRIMES) followed by the tip. People who submit tips via text messages will receive a text confirming their message has been received.

SSPD also encourages anyone who is concerned about school safety to utilize the Safe2Tell program at

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