Boulder police trying to ID 4 men who broke into historic building, stole African spears and cookies

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.

Boulder police on Thursday released surveillance images of the men sneaking in the dark around the 121-year-old Historic Highland School Building last month.

The break-in happened just before midnight on Jan. 31. 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.

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