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Entrance signs destroyed at American Rose Center in Shreveport, Caddo Parish Courthouse

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

Two local landmarks damaged, two frustrating cases.

"She said, 'well it's laying on the ground. It's in pieces on the ground.'"

In pieces on the ground is how staff at the Gardens of the American Rose Center on Jefferson Paige Road in Shreveport found their sign on Thursday.

Destroyed, after more than two decades of marking the entrance to the grounds.

"An accident - that's all we can assume right now. We're just guessing that's what it was and they just left the scene."

Beth Smiley and her colleagues at the center suspect that a driver - possibly in a large truck - was attempting to turn around in their driveway, and plowed into the sign.

The only clue - tire tracks that are still visible on the cement days later.

"I've been here 21 years and I've never seen anything like it. That was our question - why would anyone do that?" Smiley says.

Whoever knocked down the carved wooden sign also damaged newly planted roses, the electrical system for the flower bed, and the irrigation, racking up about $10,000 in damage.

"$10,000 is a pretty big hit. You know, it's not in the budget for sure."

Across town, officials at the Caddo Parish Courthouse are also shelling out thousands to replace their concrete marker along Texas Street in downtown Shreveport.

It was knocked down last week and smashed into several pieces. So far, there are no leads on who's responsible.

The grounds maintenance director at the courthouse says the surveillance cameras they have were only trained on the steps leading into the front doors.

But the department says they'll likely adjust their surveillance cameras to focus at least one street side in the wake of this incident.

If you have any information about either of these cases, you're urged to call the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.

The Gardens of the American Rose Center marks its 40th anniversary this year, and the non-profit exists on donations from the community.

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