Sign vandalism believed to signify gang activity

Jul 27, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

Gang activity, including vandalism and violence, is on the rise on the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to local officials.

Fremont County Commissioner Clarence Thomas said gangs now have a propensity for both removing and spray-painting road signs on the reservation. He estimates there's recently been $50,000 in damage.

"They're desecrating all the county roads and county signs," he said.

"That's a lot of funding and money there that we don't have."

Dave Pendleton, who heads Fremont County's roads department, said vandalism of road signs is especially concerning because it's likely to cause an increase in traffic accidents.

"We're (also) seeing an increase in gang-related activities in our detention centers," Sheriff Skip Hornecker noted.

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