Battle Acre pedestrian gates still missing one week later
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:56

Gates are over 100 years old

 by Ben Boehl

    The mystery of the missing pedestrian gates at Battle Acre Park is still unsolved.
    According to Baltimore County police, the gates were reported stolen on July 1 around noon. Police estimate that the theft of historic wrought iron gates took place between June 25 and 30.
    Jay Doyle of the Baltimore County Department of Planning told The Eagle last week that the large gates were taken away for cleaning, but the pedestrian gates were left at the scene and were later stolen. Doyle said the gates are over 100 years old.
    Police said that photos of the gates were taken to area scrap metal dealers in hope of recovering the gates.
    The missing gates have gotten members in the community on the lookout. John Long and his Clean Bread and Cheese Creek group have notified the community about the gates and brought it to the public’s attention at the Dundalk 4th of July Parade.
    “It is basically dishonoring our heritage and the veterans who fought for our freedom,” Long said. “There has been a lot of outrage. The person who stole the gates is going to be the most hated person in Dundalk.”
   

Dave Patro, deputy director of community relations for North Point Police Precinct 12 and president of the North Point Village Civic Association said a resident of North Point Village told him they saw suspicious activity when they rode by Battle Acre on Sunday, June 29.
    “It is being investigated and police said they are going to talk to the witness,” Patro said.
    Julia Hardgrove of the Baltimore County police told The Eagle on Tuesday there was no new information to report, but Long said he has been in                    contact with police.
    According to Long,  a surveillance camera might be able to help the case.
    “They have identified a vehicle of interest. They are trying to locate the vehicle,” Long said
    Long added that he is worried about the cost to replace the gates and said a specialist would have to handcraft the metal to give a new set of gates an authentic century old look. Long is hoping the gates will be returned soon.
    “I think if the gates showed up no one would dig much further. They would be happy,” Long said.