Suspected gang ‘turf war’ in Gypsum
GYPSUM ” A rash of what appears to be gang graffiti was sprayed Thursday night on Estes Lane in Gypsum in what an Eagle County Sheriff’s deputy dubbed a “turf war.”
Two concrete barriers displaying the letters WSB, which may stand for “West Side Bloods,” turned up days ago in the Estes Lane area, said Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Mosness, who heads up the gang unit for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Late Thursday night or early Friday, a group of people deputies suspect are high school kids spraypainted DVS in various colors over the barriers and on five vehicles, a fence, car wash and speed bump, Deputy Brad Rosenbauer said.
Mosness suspects DVS stands for “Down Valley Surenio,” a group Rosenbauer said hails from the Gypsum area. WSB members are coming into Gypsum from Dotsero, creating a rivalry, Rosenbauer said.
“Looking at it, I’d say (DVS) is trying to claim their territory,” Mosness said.
At this point, investigators are unsure if the graffiti is violent in nature or presents a threat.
“It’s hard to say,” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Andree said. “To have this much come out this quickly is obviously indicative of something, we just don’t know what yet.”
Rosenbauer said the graffiti is indicative of a “turf war” and not violent.
Deputies don’t have any suspects, but they are following several leads including a yellow-spray paint can that was sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for fingerprinting.
Sheriff’s deputies often see a small amount of graffiti throughout the valley. This case exceeded the normal amount, Andree said
“This is pretty blatantly aggressive,” she said. “We are going to address this aggressively. We’ll make sure this concludes with somebody being held responsible for this.”
Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll issued the following statement to the press.
“We’re working closely with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office to identify those who have committed these crimes,” he said. “We hope all segments of the community will come together to help us alleviate future vandalism.”
Investigators are asking anyone with information or witnessing suspicious activities to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 328-8500.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or email@example.com.