Historic Huntington Lighthouse targeted by vandals
The historic Huntington Lighthouse has been vandalized numerous times, according to preservationists.
Pam Setchell, of the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, says vandals over the past seven months have sabotaged an expensive foundation repair job.
Setchell and Frank Scobbo, the contractor working on the project, are convinced the destruction of expensive property and stolen equipment is being done on purpose.
The latest incident occurred in late March, when someone took an 800-pound grapple worth about $16,000. Scobbo says it had to be stolen by someone with a large enough boat and the equipment to pull it off. He also says they had a boat mysteriously sink, a float stolen and smaller equipment taken off the barge.
Both Scobbo and Setchell say that despite attempts to disrupt the project, they will continue to move forward in their effort to keep the lighthouse from collapsing into the sea.
Police ask anyone with information to call the Suffolk County Second Squad detectives at 631-865-9263.