Speed sign stolen from Pa. town

June 26, 2009 3:11:39 AM PDT
They're a common sight: Those portable speed-timing boards that police use to remind you how fast you're going.Northampton Township, Pa., owned three of them until last week.

Sometime in the 24 hours period between 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th someone stole the board that was bolted to a pole in a rural area of Old Jasonville Road near Ridgewood Place.

Police were a little baffled by the theft.

"A little disbelief. Nobody would really have a use for it that we could initially think of," said Ptl. Marty Comyn of the Northampton Township Police.

"Who knows what drives people to do these things? We sort of believe it might have been a prank," said Chief Barry Pilla.

The speed boards are expensive, costing about $3,500 each. If swiping one of them was someone's idea of a joke, police aren't laughing.

"$3,500 probably rises to the level of a felony as far as a theft is concerned," said Chief Pilla.

Police say the missing speed timing board runs on battery power.

"The battery should last five to seven days. After that, the device becomes pretty much useless to whoever stole it," said Ptl. Comyn.

Police say if the board is dropped off or left somewhere they can find it, there probably won't be an issue.

But if they catch the thief or thieves who stole it, they will face charges.

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