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Publish Date: 9/3/2005

Photo lifted twice from Pumphouse


LONGMONT — A few football fans have sticky fingers at the Pumphouse.

For the second time in a month, a panoramic photo of the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field has been stolen off a wall at the restaurant.

Both times, security cameras in the restaurant caught the photo thieves on film, Longmont Police Officer Graham Fowler said.

The first theft happened at 1:25 a.m. Aug. 12. Restaurant owners had a credit card receipt from a person sitting at the same table as the suspected thief, Fowler said.

After Fowler contacted that person, the thief anonymously returned the photo to the restaurant.

But on Aug. 27, the photo disappeared a second time. Again, cameras caught a thief on film, a receipt was obtained from an acquaintance and plans were made to return the photo.

“This is ridiculous, that within a month the same picture gets stolen twice,” Fowler said.

Pumphouse owner Ross Hagen said the CU photo is fairly prized.

“Part of it is the location of it,” Hagen said of photo. “It’s in a spot that you are not being watched by a bunch of people ... and with the football season coming up, that doesn’t help the cause.”

Police want to find the person who took the photo the second time and file charges.

Hagen said the restaurant’s receiving free work from the person in the first incident, but he wants to see justice this time around.

With the buildup to today’s football game, Hagen, a CU graduate and Boulder native, thought maybe an affinity for Colorado State University was the motive behind the photo’s thefts; he thought the thieves wanted to trash the photo.

But this is not the first time CU football memorabilia has been stolen from the restaurant.

An authentic CU football helmet — which was sitting right next to a CSU helmet at the time — and a framed photo of the 1994 hail-mary catch have also been stolen over the years.

Hagen said such petty thefts are just part of owning a restaurant and bar.

“It’s just a certain element of the cost of doing business,” he said. “I think at some point in time, everybody has taken something, even just a pint glass.”

Douglas Crowl can be reached at 303-684-5253, or by e-mail at dcrowl@times-call.com.

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