Vandals leave trail of damage through Park City |

Vandals leave trail of damage through Park City

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Vandals struck in several places in Park City last week, including targeting a beloved historic building, the Park City Police Department said.

The cases were reported over the course of four days between July 6 and July 10, according to police logs. The reports came from places like Thaynes Canyon, Old Town and the Iron Horse district.

The Park City Police Department said on Monday investigators did not have leads in the cases. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said it is possible two young men could have been involved in some of the cases. He said several cases were reported close to the Poison Creek trail that links City Park and Main Street. It is not clear whether the same person or group of people is responsible for each of the acts of vandalism.

In one of the cases, a rock was thrown through a window on a back door at Miners Hospital. The case was reported at 6:26 a.m. on Thursday, July 9. The police were told the glass shattered, leaving a hole large enough for someone to get inside. Kirk said there is no evidence of someone entering the building. He said damage is estimated at $500.

Miners Hospital, located along Park Avenue at the entry to City Park, is one of Park City’s best known historic buildings. It is owned by City Hall. A wood panel protected the damaged door on Monday morning.

The other cases reported to the Police Department last week included:

  • on Friday, July 10 at 11:09 p.m., the police received a delayed report of someone shooting a vehicle with a BB gun on Lower Iron Horse Loop Road. The damage occurred the previous week, the police were told.
  • on Thursday, July 9 at 11:24 a.m., a rock was reported to have been thrown through a window somewhere along Park Avenue. Damage is estimated at between $700 and $800, the police said.
  • on July 9 at 9:35 a.m., someone on Prospector Avenue told the police a vehicle had been damaged overnight. It appeared that someone used a baseball bat to damage the front hood, the police were told. The Police Department, though, indicated the case may have been a hit-and-run accident rather than an act of vandalism.
  • on Tuesday, July 7 at 10:16 a.m., the police received a complaint that a rock had been thrown through a window on Homestake Road. The damage occurred sometime in the 24 hours prior to the police being notified.
  • on Monday, July 6 at 8:16 p.m., someone on Aspen Springs Drive reported a window had been shot out.

    People with information about the cases may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous tip line, 615-5847. The department also offers an online tip form at:

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