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St. George Island WeatherSTEM unit vandalized

The WeatherSTEM unit located on the St. George Island Bridge in Franklin County was vandalized...
The WeatherSTEM unit located on the St. George Island Bridge in Franklin County was vandalized and stolen from, SGI Bridge Wx’s owner and WeatherSTEM founder, Ed Mansouri, announced in a Tweet late Friday afternoon.(WCTV)
Published: Jun. 5, 2021 at 2:45 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2021 at 11:52 AM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - The WeatherSTEM weather station located on the St. George Island Bridge in Franklin County was vandalized and stolen from, owner and WeatherSTEM founder Ed Mansouri announced in a Tweet Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at around 12:20 a.m. Friday. Several internal components of the unit were stolen, according to Mansouri. The unit, the first of all WeatherSTEM units in the area, had never been victim to a theft until now.

“Just unfortunate,” Mansouri told WCTV. “Very upsetting,”

The perpetrators “must have gone to a significant amount of effort” to vandalize the unit, according to Mansouri. This is because the unit is located at the end of a 1/2 mile-long pier.

The unit, which has two cameras, is used by law enforcement and local emergency management and was equipped with fortified locks that were cut off.

“It was deliberate,” Mansouri added.

Mansouri said that this vandalism not only caused financial loss, but disrupted the continuity of weather monitoring system of a high risk spot.

Pictures of what the unit looked like prior to the vandalism and after it were posted on the account for reference.

Pictures of what the unit looked like prior to the vandalism (left) and after it (right) were...
Pictures of what the unit looked like prior to the vandalism (left) and after it (right) were posted on the account for reference.(SGI Bridge Wx)

WeatherSTEM is offering a $500 reward to the first person who can provide information leading to arrest of those involved with the incident.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 670-8500.

“We definitely look forward to the assistance of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Mansouri. “We look forward to prosecution.”

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