The Smith County Road & Bridge Department is asking the public for help in identifying the people responsible for shooting road equipment Sunday night, May 17, 2015.
A motor grader parked in the rural area of County Road 26 and 246, north of Arp and Overton, was shot with a shotgun sometime during the night on Sunday. All of the switches, electronic instrument panel, doors, windows and seat of the machine was shot, County Engineer Frank Davis said.
A stop sign was also shot and stolen. About 250 spent shotgun shell casings were found at the scene, as well as other items of evidence.
A second motor grader parked in the area was not damaged.
Davis said the damaged equipment is 10 years old and would cost about $225,000 brand new. It was a motor grader the county planned on trading in for a newer model but will now have to be repaired first.
The damage has been reported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 903-590-2661.