Thieves target Idora tilt-a-whirl

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Pieces of a ride from the iconic Idora Amusement Park were stolen from a storage site in Youngstown. The missing articles are worth thousands of dollars, which may be one reason this isn’t the first time items have been stolen from the same location.

Stephen Lisko, co-owner of Lisko Family Midway Amusements Incorporated, said thieves took off with about $20,000 in pieces from the tilt-a-whirl.

“The gate was busted open. They came in and took all the structural off the ride, which is what makes the ride run,” said Lisko.

According to a report from the Youngstown Police Department, the theft happened sometime between Monday and Thursday morning. Lisko said they found tire tracks and footprints in the snow.

“There were tracks in the driveway where you could see it was backed up to the fence. You had to come all the way in to see that the gate was taken off and the hinges were loosened,” said Lisko. “They opened it that way and when they closed it again, it looks like it was closed up because the chains were never taken off.”

This isn’t the first time the Liskos have fallen victim to metal theft. Over the past ten years, they’ve been targeted six times.

“It has been a lot of money that was lost up here,” said Lisko. “You know, what can you do? There is a lot of crime.”

Lisko said he has tried taking precautions. He even stayed up all night on one occasion only to discover thieves were stealing form him during the day.

Youngstown Police are investigating the current theft. Anyone with information is asked to call 330-742-8263.

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