- Associated Press - Thursday, July 30, 2020

HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. (AP) - The National Park Service says that a group of young people broke into a lighthouse on North Carolina’s southern Outer Banks seemingly for the view.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the alleged break-in occurred early Monday morning at the historic Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

Authorities said that the five suspects “in their late teens or early twenties” reached the island by boat. They then crept up to the lighthouse door and used tools to get inside.

“Seems they were looking to break in for the view,” Cape Lookout Public Information Officer B.G. Horvat told McClatchy News. “Yes, they did make it to the top.”

Horvat said they “admitted their guilt” and were issued citations. Nothing was damaged or taken. Their names were not released.

The 161-year-old lighthouse is closed for the season. Only park staff and the U.S. Coast Guard visit for maintenance checks.

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