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DA declines charges in Blue Bear vandal case

9:12 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The Denver District Attorney's Office has decided not to file charges against a man police accused of vandalizing the Big Blue Bear in downtown Denver.

The DA's office says there is not enough evidence to secure a conviction at this time.

A 21-year-old was man was arrested Monday by Denver Police for criminal mischief. The man bonded out of jail the same day.

Police learned someone used a rope to climb onto the roof of the Colorado Convention Center.

They poured green paint on the bear, leaving the lid and a one gallon paint can on the roof.

Police traced that paint to a Home Depot on Santa Fe Driver. And eventually to an art studio a mile and a half up the street.

The door to the studio was painted bright green. Police say it's the same paint that was splattered all over the beloved bear.

Denver DA spokesperson Lynn Kimbrough says police did a good job finding the owner of the green paint. An affidavit says he even "changed his story" and then "hung up" when asked if he was the vandal.

"What we didn't have is what we need, which is proof beyond a reasonable doubt," Kimbrough said.

"We still consider him a suspect, but right now we don't have enough to take him to court and get a conviction," Denver police spokesperson Sonny Jackson said.

Crews tasked with cleaning the bear had to use lifts to reach some of the paint, which was almost to the top of the 40 foot tall statue.

Editor's Note: Denver police identified the suspect and 9NEWS.com published this information in an earlier version of the story. 9NEWS has chosen to no longer identify the person since charges will not be filed.

 

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