MONTELLO, Nev. — Authorities are looking for the person or people who vandalized Crystal Cave in Box Elder County, about 1/4 mile east of the Nevada border.

The Bureau of Land Management's Salt Lake Field Office and the Utah Cave Conservancy are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of a recent break-in at Crystal Cave. The break-in and vandalism occurred sometime between April 2011 and February 2012. Unknown people broke through the gate, destroyed government property and caused resource damage within the cave.     

Significant caves on public lands are protected by the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act. Crystal Cave is managed by the BLM to preserve sensitive cave formations, protect bat habitat, and ensure public safety. Visitors to the cave are required to obtain a permit.

The BLM encourages anyone with information about who was responsible for this break-in to contact officers at 801-977-4300. All contacts will remain confidential. The cash reward will be payable based on the value of the information and outcome of the case.