PRAIRIE CITY - Prairie City police are investigating vandalism to a large covered wagon display, a visitor kiosk located on Highway 26 east of town.

Police chief Dave Welch said the damage happened sometime during the evening hours of Sunday, March 23, and the early morning hours of Monday, March 24. The vandalism was discovered at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

"It appears that whoever did the damage wrapped a chain around the wooden wheels and ripped them off the axles," he said.

Welch said all but one of the wheels were dragged around to the front of the kiosk.

"Nothing appears to have been stolen; this is just a case of vandalism," Welch said.

The covered wagon was donated to the city by the State of Oregon. Welch said the upkeep of this visitor site is the city's responsibility, while the property the wagon sits on belongs to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

"The area is part of our regular patrol, and we check it several times a night," Welch reported.

Welch said there was also a report of stop signs being knocked down in the area of Highway 26 and Highway 7, and these incidents may be connected to the vandalism caused to the kiosk.

Information on the incident has been filed with the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police, but there are no suspects at this time.

Welch requested that anyone with information on the incident call the Prairie City Police Department at 820-3788.

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