Authorities are reaching out to the community looking for help finding communication tower vandals.
According to a Wichita Falls police press release:
“We are counting on assistance from members of the community to keep our infrastructure and our town safe. We are asking members of our community to report to law enforcement anything they saw or heard related to this situation. Regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, we strongly encourage you to come forward and welcome your information and help. Every lead will be investigated thoroughly.”
In early December, two communication towers were vandalized, causing one to collapse.
“Together with our law enforcement partners, we take this investigation seriously and continue working hard to protect the infrastructure that connects our community,” the release said. “At this point we are exploring all avenues of the investigation. One such avenue is the potential this crime may have targeted specific towers used by the National Weather Service (NWS).”
NWS employs a nationwide network of radio stations to coordinate and broadcast continuous weather information, including severe weather alerts.
The release said,
“Part of the challenge is to determine whether the person or persons responsible for the vandalism has any specific connection to the places where the towers were located or a vendetta against specific outlets who use them to broadcast throughout our community.”
Tipsters have the option to remain anonymous when providing assistance.
“Please help us reach everyone in our community by sharing this message on social media. Future updates regarding this investigation will be posted on the Wichita Falls Police Department Facebook page. Anonymous tips may be submitted to the Dallas FBI (972) 559-5000 or to Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888 or via www.wfcrime.com.” the release said.
According to previous Times Record News stories, The Federal Bureau of Investigation joined in the investigation into vandalism that occurred to a tower on FM 369 and a local TV station antenna tower located on Seymour Highway. Police received a report of damage done to a tower on FM 369 near Arena Rd. The victim told them a 440-foot tower had collapsed because someone cut the guy wires that help support it. Damage was hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A representative from KFDX-TV, the local NBC-TV affiliate reported that guy wires at their antenna on Seymour Highway were also damaged by vandals, prompting employees to evacuate the building over fears the tower could fall.
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