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June 18, 2013

Vandals damage antique car at Art Center

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The vandals who broke into the back of the Market Street Art Center overnight Sunday may be "itching" they didn't today.

Nearly $6,000 in damage was caused at a burglary at 247 Market St. which happened sometime between noon on Sunday and 6:45 a.m. on Monday.

The suspects broke into the back end of the art center which is used for storage. They had to go through tons of poison ivy to get to it, said chainsaw artist Art Hilger who operates the Bear Market Studio in the historical Lockport building.

A maintenance worker discovered the rear wall and window of the building on 247 Market St. had been kicked in and broken into.

"They did a lot of malicious damage," said Hilger, the owner of the heavily-damaged MGTD, 60-year-old English Roadster made by Morris Garage.

The owner of the building said the suspects cut brake lines and hoses to several pieces of heavy machinery. The suspects damaged the emblem, mirror, wipers and headlight to the MGTD and stole a set of wrenches. The estimated value of the damaged property is $5,930.

The Lockport Police Detective Division responded for evidence collection and photographs were taken. Handprints on the car indicated the vandals are juveniles, according to Hilger who has had mischief problems in the past.

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