MCSO looking for suspects who damaged local FAA radio tower

This picture shows the radio tower, and an area of it that was damaged. Photo: MCSO
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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Authorities are looking for suspects who vandalized an FAA radio tower in the Grand Valley.

Around 4:30 Wednesday, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office said it was was called to a report of vandalism at the FAA tower on C Road, in the desert.

That tower is used by the Department of Defense and the airport, according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they found someone had shot and damaged the tower, and had to shut it down to assess the damage.

The sheriff's office said a red warning light was damaged, and there were seven bullet strikes to the dish.

We're told the FAA is still looking over the damage. Repairs could cost as much as $250,000.

The sheriff's office said the tower is still operational, and flights have not been impacted.

It's unclear when the damage happened, but authorities believe it was in the last two weeks.

Anyone with information is asked to call 970-242-6707, or Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP.

Information leading to an arrest is eligible for a cash reward.

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