Patty Gordon wrote in saying she has heard there are many serious crimes committed at Burning Man and she wants to know if that's true?
Patty, Pershing County is considered the lead law enforcement agency when it comes to Burning Man.
I checked with Sheriff Machado in Pershing County. He did not have complete numbers but I did a get partial list. There are 50 investigative cases which are now open and being investigated.
Machado says the crimes reported at burning man this year included open and gross lewdness, twelve sexual assaults, battery and various property crimes and DUI. A total of 15 people were taken to jail. Keep in mind there are more than 60,000 people up there for Burning Man, but there clearly are crimes being committed during the festival. Again the Sheriff's Department is still compiling all of the numbers and we'll follow up when they have complete list.