Ski Area Vandal Wanted in Michigan

Lynn Barlow | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Image of the suspect from security footage. PC Oakland County Sheriff’s Office

Police are offering a reward for information about a ski area vandal. The vandalism occurred at Pine Knob Resort in Michigan. Security footage captured the man destroying property at the resort.

Pine Knob Resort is on the border between Detroit and Flint counties. The resort boasts six chairlifts and has a 300 foot vertical drop from peak to the base area. With 80 acres of skiable terrain, Pine Knob has 17 runs and three terrain parks. The longest run at the resort is one mile.

Pine Knob resort’s trail map. Image Credit Pine Knob Ski Area

Security cameras show the vandal riding a dirtbike to the top of the mountain, before damaging electronic gates and electric ski lift eyes. Footage shows the man holding one of the electric eyes before throwing it down the mountain. The man also carved LOHS 21 into a fence. Experts say that might stand for Lake Orion High School, a nearby school. 

The man is described as a white male in his mid 20’s with dark hair and beard. When the vandalism occurred he was wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, and a black helmet. The dirtbike he was riding had black and green fenders. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information about the ski area vandal. Informants are asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line, which is anonymous, at 1-800-773-2587.

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