Vandals steal 4-20 numbers
Someone cut out and stole three numbers — a four, a two and a zero — from the new synthetic turf football field being installed at Stocker Stadium this week, according to the Grand Junction Police Department, costing nearly $5,000 in damages and lost time.
Employees with the city of Grand Junction and contractor FieldTurf opened the construction site at North Avenue and 12th Street on Wednesday morning to discover that someone jumped the stadium fence overnight and cut out three numbers from the new field.
The numbers in the sequence referenced above is a well-known reference to marijuana.
The numbers are 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall, and weigh approximately 10 pounds each, according to Grand Junction police.
Sports Facilities Supervisor Marc Mancuso said the damage and theft halted construction while employees tried to find replacement numbers. Workers had to drive from Salt Lake City to deliver more turf, and the FieldTurf foreman spent at least eight hours measuring and fitting new numbers, Mancuso said.
Mancuso said he’s frustrated by “senseless acts” of vandalism, theft or damage that cost taxpayers money.
“They told me what numbers they were and I was like, are you kidding me right now? We were scrambling and it put us a day behind in the whole production,” Mancuso said. “It’s just a lot of lost time for no need.”
Investigators currently do not have any suspects in the case, which includes allegations of felony theft, felony criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
Anyone with information related to the incident can anonymously call Crime Stoppers of Mesa County at 241-7867.