INDEX — Thieves caused thousands of dollars in damage to a historic fire lookout near Index, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday.
Heybrook Lookout had been closed to overnight stays for about a week because locks were freezing in icy weather, said Colton Whitworth, a public affairs specialist for the Forest Service.
During that time, vandals illegally drove up an access road, cut through a locked trapdoor, busted deadbolts and broke window glass. They stole lanterns and gear. The cost to repair and replace stolen items likely will exceed $3,000.
The damage was discovered over the weekend.
Tips can be directed to the Skykomish Ranger District at 360-677-2414, or 911.