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Visitor Center Burglarized

Hovenweep National Monument

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On the night of Saturday, February 14th, a burglary occurred at the park’s visitor center. A person or persons gained access to the building by prying open the public entrance to the visitor center, then unsuccessfully attempted to breech a secured door between the visitor center lobby and rear offices. Losses included a computer monitor and keyboard, a CD player and speakers, and cooperating association sales items. No money was taken, though, and the intruders were unsuccessful in their attempt to pry a plasma screen from the auditorium wall. In the staff parking lot, the windows of a GSA SUV were smashed, though the in-car radio was still in place and nothing but siphoned gasoline appears to have been taken. San Juan County  and NPS law enforcement rangers investigated the crime scene. There are no suspects at present. There’s been an increase in crime in the county lately. The nearby historic Hatch Trading Post was recently robbed at gunpoint. When the park’s protection ranger is absent, response time to Hovenweep NM is over one hour, since no other law enforcement officers reside in this isolated portion of the county.



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