• Jul 25th 2009 at 12:17PM
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One of the more controversial developments in traffic safety enforcement in recent years has been the deployment of automated speed and red-light cameras, which use radar sensors to nab alleged scofflaws and ticket them via mail. According to the NYPD, pair of thieves allegedly spent the better part of a month trolling the city in a pickup truck with a cherry picker, raiding red-light camera for their valuable innards, including the Nikon cameras that actually take the photos. Police arrested the pair, identified as Brooklynites Anthony Cintorrino and Tara Laburt, after recovering some of the stolen items from a reseller and tracing them backwards from there. Following the couple's arrest, police found more stolen items in their homes, and reportedly expected to recover everything. All told, over $88,000 of equipment was swiped. Cintorrino apparently knew what he was doing -- in the past, he had worked as a contractor for the firm that installs and maintains the cameras for the city. Now, if you live in New York, don't go around thinking you start running red lights without getting snagged. The city claims all of the cameras were replaced within 48 hours of the thefts.

[Source: The New York Post | Image: Wikimedia Commons]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel glad that they did this instead of leaving these outrageous and cowardly speed cameras up, but I'm sad that they did it at the expense of NYC taxpayers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The city claims all of the cameras were replaced within 48 hours of the thefts."

      Of course they were - wouldn't want to lose out on all that revenue!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting thought, FSM.

        What if the people in question had broken up the roadway and created potholes instead of stealing the cameras?

        Would the city have paved over the roadway as quickly as they replaced the cameras?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The question is how long would it take for more important infrastructure to be fixed or replaced after being reported to local govt? Such as bad potholes, missing stop signs, fixing a traffic light.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since when does running red lights make you a "great American?" Speed cameras sure, but red lights?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone should start a legal defense fund for these Great Americans.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Godspeed and good luck fellow patriots!
        • 6 Years Ago
        what, the cops or the cameras?
        • 6 Years Ago
        hey everyone, just shoot them

        impossible to catch you
        • 6 Years Ago
        I bet they respond to plastic bags over revenue-generating cameras faster than armed robberies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i don't mind people getting nabbed for breaking the law, but when the whole scenario is more about dollars than safety is where it becomes something just plain WRONG.

      It's good those two people got nabbed for stealing - I think they would have had LOTS more support behind them had they just simply destroyed the cameras and not gotten greedy.

      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL, I think they should be given Medals!

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