VANDALS have damaged bus shelters in two Carmarthenshire towns — at a cost of thousands of pounds to tax payers.
Llanelli and Ammanford have had new bus shelters costing close to £2 million over the past two years.
But over the past few months, council and First Cymru workers have spotted damage to the shelters.
Carmarthenshire Council leader Kevin Madge described the attacks as "atrocious", following investment in regenerating the towns. "The damage runs to thousands of pounds," he said.
"If it continues we may not have the money to repair them."
He said the areas affected were covered by CCTV and "insists" the crimes are pursued. "The perpetrators (should be) brought to book and made to contribute to restitution costs," he said. "Why should the repairs fall to the county's residents?
"We have to get the message out that we will not tolerate this vandalism."
The shelter in College Street, Ammanford, was first damaged overnight from November 25 to 26, with further damage sometime around Sunday, January 6.
The Llanelli shelter, in Upper Parc Street, East Gate bus terminal, was damaged between January 4 and 9.
It is believed the incidents took place at night when no buses were running. The shelters were installed in Ammanford last August and in Llanelli the previous year.
Until December 2012, the Llanelli stations had angled, lean-on seats and saw no damage.
A council spokesman said the vandalism began since flat, sit-on seats were installed a month ago.
Mr Madge said he was also astonished at the amount of litter accumulating in the bus stations overnight.
"It is part of the problem of making bus shelters too comfortable, they become a refuge for loiterers when no buses are running at night," he said.
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said officers were investigating two cases of criminal damage, and asked anyone with information to call 101.