Vandals ransacked Redflex surveillance equipment early this morning, including the cameras assigned to watch the other cameras. Caught on the video cameras which operate around the clock on the US-60 in Mesa near the Longmore overpass were several persons disguised as Indians who approached the cameras and using pick axes and sledgehammers, uprooted and made off with surveillance cameras worth more than $600,000.
DPS Director Roger Vanderpool, said that "the Department of Public Safety fully respects people's right to assemble and protest. But if any State Police witnessed anyone near any of the overpasses with signs or in groups of three or more without signs they would be arrested on sight for vagrancy, criminal trespass, loitering, public nuisance, disorderly conduct, and road rage." These all carry the governor's new mandatory 15 year consecutive prison sentencing guidelines passed in response to the so called "Silly String Bandit," who was recently shot and killed by Maricopa Co. deputies while trying to escape the Maximum Security and Interrogation wing of the 4th Avenue Jail.
The cameras were found dumped in Encanto Park lake later this afternoon. "They are completely ruined," wailed Redflex spokeswoman Shoba Vaitheeswaran. "But fortunately, with all the revenue we are making there are plenty more cameras where those came from." If our Blackwater Security personnel get to those criminals before the police it will be handled in "the same manner we dealt with those post-it notes," she ominously hinted.
Director Vanderpool estimated that the three days required for the repair the area will not be under surveillance of these cameras will cost over $1.3 million in revenue. "It is not much money, I will grant you, but if people do not like the tax, they should not be speeding."