- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Police have charged a homeless man with stealing an aircraft warning beacon from atop Boston’s distinctive Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.

Authorities allege that early last month, 34-year-old Clifford Beckford Jr. broke through a locked door, climbed a ladder to the top of one of the bridge’s 275-foot towers, and stole the 3-foot tall, 60-pound red light.

The light was recovered from the basement of a Charlestown bar. A bar manager says an employee found it outside in the snow and brought it in.

Beckford was arraigned Wednesday on a number of charges including breaking and entering. He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force was part of the investigation until it was determined the theft was not terrorism related.


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