St. George Island WeatherSTEM unit vandalized
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 @WeatherSTEM unit at SGI Bridge was broken into and components stolen. Occurred at 12:20 am ET Jun 4. We're working w/Franklin County Sheriff to bring perpetrators to justice. Please call (850) 670-8500 with any tips. @WCTVMike @CharlesRoopWCTV Pictured is before/after pic.twitter.com/NvsvkWuFW2— SGI Bridge Wx (@SGIBridgeWx) June 4, 2021
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.
WeatherSTEM is offering a $500 reward to the first person who can provide information leading to arrest of those involved with the incident.
### $500 CASH REWARD ###@WeatherSTEM is offering $500 reward to 1st individual with info leading to arrest of those involved with forced entry into SGI Bridge WeatherSTEM unit on June 4th and the theft of components. Contact Franklin County Sheriff at (850 670-8500 with info.— SGI Bridge Wx (@SGIBridgeWx) June 5, 2021
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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