LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: A general view of a CCTV camera in Camden on April 15, 2014 in London, England. Privacy campaigners have stated that Town halls in the UK have been using fixed and mobile CCTV cameras to impose parking and traffic fines on members of the public with more than ¬£300M GBP raised from motorists over the past five years. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
8:02 AM 02/21/2018
Police are searching for vandals who destroyed nearly a dozen speed cameras in Washington, D.C., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Authorities discovered 11 speed cameras throughout the nation’s capital were damaged between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officers reported some of the cameras wiring had been ripped out from where they were mounted.
At one location a police officer saw two cameras “that had been pushed over and the camera had been ripped off the wiring and from where it was mounted,” according to The Washington Post. The criminal act was declared as “vandalism” in the statement released by the Metropolitan Police Department. Authorities also mentioned at least one suspect was under investigation.
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in reference to 11 Destruction of Property offenses of government operated traffic cameras in the District of Columbia,” the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.
“On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, members of MPD responded to several locations in the Fifth and Sixth Districts for the report of inoperable traffic cameras. Upon arrival, officers observed damage to the traffic cameras. Investigators have since determined the damage was due to vandalism,” the statement continued.
Police have asked for anyone with information on the “individual(s)” responsible for the crimes to contact them immediately.
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