Suspect named in vandalism of two Colorado national parks

· Oct. 30, 2014, 4:53 pm
Photo: RMNP
Seventy-three-year-old Bill Shore told Colorado Public Radio that he found the acrylic painting at Rocky Mountain National Park "offensive."

The vandalism spans parks in the western United States, including Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument. 

Last week, the National Parks Service announced they were investigating vandalism reports in at least 10 national parks. Officials were tipped off by a series of Instagram images shared on Reddit and Modern Hiker

The images all appear to have come from one user, "creepytings," with the hashtag "#creepytings" visible in the many of the photos. Others show a blonde woman painting on rocks and trees in national parks across the West.

The account has since been deleted. 

According to the National Park Service, Rocky Mountain National Park removed one of the images believed to come from the woman, who is believed to be from New York State, before similar images were found in the other national parks.

Bill Shore, 73, told CPR News he found an acrylic drawing the first week of October on a rock in Rocky Mountain National Park while hiking near Bear Lake
A Wednesday press release from the National Park Service cautions visitors not to attempt to remove any images, and recommends contacting a park ranger with information about the location of vandalism. In Yosemite National Park, a drawing was "removed by an unknown person or persons," according to the release.

Investigators are consulting with the U.S. Attorney's Office about potential charges, the release said. An online petition to the White House now has more than 10,000 signatures calling for "the most serious of charges" for Nocket. 

In March, two former Boy Scouts pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after an October 2013 video showed them toppling an ancient rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park. They were each sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay restitution.

Another man, Trevor Lee, pleaded guilty in August to five misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation after his Instagram feed showed illegal activity in Yosemite National Park.

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