Fairport Harbor mural unfinished after thief swipes equipment

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FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio- Work on a mural to welcome visitors to Fairport Harbor came to a halt after a thief stole equipment being used on the project.

In an effort to spruce up the area, the village commissioned a colorful welcome sign.

"It's a beach town, it ought to look like a beach town, we ought to add color to it. So we were working with a lot of the business owners to add color to their storefronts," economic development director Kathie Pohl said.

Graphic designer Derrick O'Hara volunteered to paint a mural of sign on the side the popular High Water Tavern. The work came to a sudden stop when someone stole the ladder and scaffold he borrowed for the project.

"If it's not yours, don't touch it, unless somebody gives you permission to use it. And if people would just live by that, I mean, the world would be such a better place," O'Hara said.

Surveillance cameras outside the tavern show a white work truck pulling into the parking lot and back into a parking space. A man got out and apparently used bolt cutters on the lock.

Investigators are not sure if the thief is now using the equipment or sold it.

High Water Tavern