North Carolina man pleads guilty to vandalizing Cape Hatteras Lighthouse door

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 11:59:54-04

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. – A man has plead guilty to vandalizing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse door.

On July 8, 39-year-old Jamie Lester Underwood of Winston-Salem, North Carolina appeared in federal court in relation to the incident.

At his appearance in court, Underwood pleaded guilty to vandalizing the original bronze door of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and was ordered to pay $1,922 in restitution for repairs and was placed on one year of probation.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore asked for help solving this crime through a Facebook post on June 13, 2018. Shortly after the Facebook post was published, a tip was received that helped National Park Service Rangers focus their efforts on Underwood.

During his visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore last year, Underwood used a pocket knife to etch the letters “SEF” into the lighthouse’s original bronze door.

Earlier this year, a conservator treated the affected area of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse door. The original bronze door was in-painted with heavy body acrylic paint until a more permanent fix could be made. The conservator will return in August to complete the door treatment.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, completed in 1870, is a National Historic Landmark.