New photos of suspects from African spear theft released by Boulder police

Intruders vandalize Historic Highland Building

BOULDER, Colo. - Police are trying to identify four young men who broke into a historic Boulder building, damaged sculptures and broke glass showcases, then stole two African spears and cookies.

On Friday, Boulder police released new surveillance photos of four suspects captured of surveillance video in the Historic Highland Building on Jan. 31

The break-in happened just before midnight. Investigators believe the men entered the building, located at 885 Arapahoe Ave., by forcing open a third-floor window, said police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.

Once inside, they damaged sculptures, broke glass showcases, left dirt on the walls and stole two African spears which were on display, Kobel said.

Before leaving, the men also stole cookies from a kitchen in the building.

Boulder was still booming from the Gold Rush when it built the Highland School in 1891 as the town's fourth permanent school, according the Historic Highland Building website.

The stately four-story red-brick building now houses meeting rooms, executive offices, the City Club and hosts public events.

Anyone with information on the suspects or the break-in is asked to contact Detective Bob Wands at 303-441-3323. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776.

Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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