Stolen African spears returned to Boulder Police; suspects still at large

Attorney won't reveal suspects' names

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police say an attorney returned two stolen African spears and artwork, but would not reveal who gave them to him, citing attorney-client privilege.

Police said the artwork was damaged.

"The return of the stolen items does not stop the investigation," said Kim Kobel, a spokeswoman for Boulder Police. "The investigation is continuing, it is active, and we intend to pursue the investigation to try to identify these four males and arrest them." 

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 ate cookies in the building's kitchen.

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.

"Those are actually some very clear pictures," said Kobel. "Someone knows these guys.  All we need is a name and detectives can do the rest. People can do that anonymously or they can call the detective investigating this case."

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 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.