Saturday, 22 June 2024

Ely Stage Stop site burglarized

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The Ely Stage Stop during its move last summer. The building was moved to a new site which was burglarized this week. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.
 


KELSEYVILLE – A museum in the making has been burglarized, according to a county official.


The Ely Stage Stop, moved last summer to its new home on Highway 281 off Highway 29, was hit by burglars early this week, said Kim Clymire, Lake County Public Services director.


Clymire said his department had rented a cargo container to store tools used on the site. The container was padlocked, plywood was stacked against it and a forklift was up against that for an extra measure of security.


The suspects somehow got the forklift moved, cut the lock and stole about $5,000 in tools and gear, Clymire said.


“It's my understanding they also hit a construction site that same night,” said Clymire.


The construction site had a video camera, and Clymire said that provided the Lake County Sheriff's Office with some important evidence in the case.


Clymire called the burglary “a crying shame.”


“We're spending a lot of time and money on the Ely site,” he said.


Clymire said his department will have to purchase new tools to replace those that were stolen.


In addition to the burglary, Clymire has previously noted issues with vandalisms at parks and facilities around the county, as Lake County News has reported.


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