Colo. bandits strip wheels off historic wagons |

Colo. bandits strip wheels off historic wagons

FLORISSANT, Colo. – Wheels stripped by thieves off vehicles near Florissant won’t be easily replaced.

That’s because they’re off historic wagons at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument west of Colorado Springs. Officials at the Hornbek Homestead at the fossil beds say the bandits made off with six wagon wheels.

The Teller County Sheriff, antique stores and auctioneers are looking out for the wheels, which are sometimes used as yard decorations. The value of the wheels wasn’t known.

Two wheels damaged during the heist were still at the homestead. The wagons also were damaged.

The homestead acquired the wagons in 1976 as part of the restoration by the National Park Service. One wagon is from the original homestead property now occupied by the national monument.


Information from: The Gazette,

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