Crime

Oct 6, 2012 11:22 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Vandals destroy local history at Pioneers Museum

Vandals destroyed priceless items at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Police responded minutes later, but the vandals had already done damage inside. The suspects smashed glass that's been a part of the historic building since it opened as a court house in 1903. While none of the artifacts were lost or stolen, the building is considered priceless.

"We do think of the building itself as our primary artifact. It's our largest artifact in our collection," says museum curator Matt Mayberry.

"It's the most expensive thing that we care for and some of the things that were broken are irreplaceable and so that's really troublesome. It's something that we won't really be able to fix."

Other items at the reception desk were destroyed including wood paneling, a computer monitor and keyboard. Suveillance cameras were monitoring the interior during the break-in and police were able to salvage fingerprints and footprints as evidence.

No arrests have been made.

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