Friday, February 10, 2017

Wanted: Suspect(s) responsible for damage to FAA Radar Tower

FAA Radar Tower
MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help to find the suspect(s) responsible for vandalizing a FAA Radar Tower.

Wednesday at about 4:30 p.m. Mesa County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of vandalism at the FAA Radar Tower located in the desert off C Road.
Photo of the damage to
the FAA Radar Tower
The tower is used for airport operations. 

Deputies discovered an unknown person shot and damaged the radar dish. 

The tower had to be shut down to assess the damage. There were upwards of seven bullet strikes to the dish and a red warning light was broken.

The FAA is still assessing the extent of the damage. If it needs to be replaced, it will cost about $250,000. In the meantime, it is still in service and flights have not been affected.

Mesa County Sheriff's deputies believe the damage occurred within the last two weeks.

If you have any information about this crime please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at (970) 242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. 

*Note a previous version incorrectly described the tower as being used by Department of Defense. It is used for airport operations only.