June 21, 2018
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Belfast police searching for stolen radar sign

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Belfast police are taking seriously the theft of a radar speed sign valued at several thousand dollars that is used to monitor traffic around the city.

“Someone decided it would be a neat little thing to take it,” Police Chief Mike McFadden said Monday. “What they may not be aware of is that their little prank is going to result in felony theft charges. Also, the device is a radar device. It’s not particularly healthy to spend much time in the path of the radar.”

He said that the portable traffic sign was stolen sometime between Friday and Sunday from Doak Road, where it was last positioned. There are tracking devices installed on the sign, he said, which upload automatically to a database maintained by its manufacturer.

“I’m reasonably comfortable knowing we’re going to find the person who took it. My concern is that the device is extremely expensive. Taxpayers have enjoyed the use of that, and I want to continue to provide a service to them. We want it back.”

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