Historic Indiana bridge targeted by vandals

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 27, 2015)-- It cost the State of Indiana $1.7 million to refurbish the Houck Covered Bridge in 2014. Just this week, vandals damaged the historic Putnam County covered bridge with more than twenty graffiti tags.  Built in 1880, the Houck covered bridge over Big Walnut Creek is among the oldest of Putnam County's nine covered bridges.

"It really makes us angry. If I ever caught the kids, they'd be working a long time!" said Putnam County resident Loretta Dalof.

Sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, vandals disregarded the history of the Houch bridge. More than twenty images and words were painted on the bridge.

"We were able to get some information based on the type of the graffiti and writing of the graffiti and the colors and gave us more information to run with. This is kids. We are confident we are dealing with juveniles," said Pat McFadden with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

The Putnam County Convention and Visitor Bureau has cleaned up some of the damage, but some of the graffiti cannot be cleaned up until it's warmer.

Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Pat McFadden has a message for the bridge vandals.

"It would be my suggestion that the youngsters get a hold of their parents and come see us before we have to come and get a hold of them in a week or two," said Pat McFadden with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

The Houck covered bridge is slated to be the site of several events this year, including weddings.

Call the Putnam County Sheriff's Department if you have any information for detectives.

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