December 22, 2014

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Police investigating lighthouse break-in

LORAIN — You’d expect that police have seen it all.
Not quite.
“I’ve never ever heard of that happening,” Lorain police spokesman Lt. Roger Watkins said Saturday of a break-in at the Lorain Lighthouse that is believed to have taken place between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
A report of the incident was not available from police Saturday, but Watkins said detectives had recovered unspecified evidence inside the 1917 lighthouse that has been analyzed by detectives.
“That may or may not lead to us being able to identify the perpetrator or perpetrators,” Watkins said.
It is not known if more than one person entered the structure, which can only be reached by boat or other watercraft.
“That’s the only way you can get out there,” Watkins said of the structure, which is among a small number of lighthouses that are not built on land and which cannot be reached by a walkway.
“I’ve been out to it in a kayak, and it’s not that easy to get to, going through the inlet and all,” Watkins said.
One of the most-photographed locations in Lorain County, the four-story lighthouse was manned by crews of Coast Guard personnel through 1954.
The structure included a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and office.
The lighthouse operated until 1965.
Police are still in the process of determining just how the lighthouse was entered and what was taken.
“We believe it was some lenses (used in the lighthouse beacon) but we’re not sure what else,” Watkins said.
Watkins asked that anyone with information relating to the incident call the Lorain Police Detective Bureau at (440) 204-2105.
Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.