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Update: 17 Snowboards Stolen in Opening Weeks

Posted at: 12/10/2012 9:37 PM
Updated at: 12/12/2012 8:58 AM
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

The slopes at Spirit Mountain are looking great after a fresh snowfall, but some recent thefts have people talking around the chalet.

Snowboarder Jackson Nemmers heard about it from a friend.

“I had a buddy that had his board stolen here the other day, and they found it on craigslist,” Nemmers said.

According to Duluth Police, 17 snowboards have been stolen since the hill opened just two weeks ago, but skiers and snowboarders are the ones responsible for protecting their expensive equipment.

Renee Mattson, Executive Director at Spirit Mountain, declined to comment on camera, but said a few thefts do occur every year.

But Nemmers said this year is different.

“Yeah, I've had friends and stuff that go boards stolen in the past,” Nemmers said. “From what I hear like it's just occurring more, you just hear about it more.” 

Mattson said the increased number of thefts is “disheartening,” but Spirit Mountain does offer equipment lockers for an additional fee. She also said Spirit Mountain cannot guarantee equipment will be safe if it is left unguarded.

And police recommend keeping your skis or snowboards locked up as well. They've recovered two of the stolen boards, but police said without a lock it's a crime of opportunity. No arrests have been made, but police said they do have suspects in some cases.

Nemmers said he doesn't lock his board, but he stays close to the window to keep an eye on it.

“Just watch your boards, make sure they don't get stolen,” Nemmers said.

He said his snowboard and bindings cost about $700.