Durango man charged in Elks Lodge vandalism

Police have arrested a Durango man in connection with vandalism done earlier this month at the Elks Lodge.

Nicholas Max Hall, 27, was being held Wednesday in the La Plata County jail on $10,000 bail. He is suspected of felony burglary and felony criminal mischief.

Hall caused several thousand dollars worth of damage early Oct. 14 to the upstairs room of the Elks Lodge, said Lt. Ray Shupe, spokesman with the Durango Police Department.

The Elks Lodge was holding its annual charity ball, which raises thousands of dollars for scholarships, veterans programs, safety programs and charitable events.

Hall is suspected of going upstairs and using a fire extinguisher to spray a fine layer of nontoxic retardant all over the Lodge Room, where ceremonies are held.

He tore an elk’s head off the wall and punctured an antique bench, tore plaques off the walls, threw trophies and stole a scepter with an elk’s head on top, authorities said.

Police began to interview everyone who attended the event and soon turned their attention to Hall, who was working with a catering company hired to staff the event, Shupe said.

One person with the catering company said he could not account for Hall’s whereabouts on a couple of different occasions, Shupe said.

Police interviewed Hall and searched his vehicle and found “mementos” taken from the burglary, including the elk head that was broken off the scepter, Shupe said.

Hall was arrested Tuesday.

shane@durangoherald.com

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