Vandals destroy radio tower on Coos Mountain

According to estimates, the vandalism caused $60,000 in damage, authorities said, but the impact could be greater.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 5:46 PM

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Coos County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying the people responsible for destroying a radio tower on Coos Mountain.

Deputies responded to a report of criminal mischief on the mountain at about 9 a.m. on Monday.

They said sometime over the weekend vandals cut wires holding up the Coos Mountain Repeater Site, causing the tower to fall down. The tower and many of the repeaters on it were destroyed.

According to estimates, the vandalism caused $60,000 in damage, authorities said, but the impact could be greater.

Officials said the tower is used for emergency communication for loggers, ham radio operators and firefighters. With the onset of fire season, the loss could create dangers.

If you have information, contact deputies at 541-396-7830. They are offering a reward for the identification and conviction of the people responsible.

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