Crime

Police say a man tried to steal a red light camera in Rhode Island

Andrew Baker told officers he was entitled to the camera, according to police.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence police say a man who tried to steal a red light camera told officers he had a right to the device because it was paid for by taxpayers’ money.

The Providence Journal reports that officers spotted 57-year-old Andrew Baker taking apart a red light camera pole along with its wiring when they responded to a call about a suspicious person Sunday afternoon. Police say Baker told officers he was entitled to the camera.

Authorities say another man approached officers with a shopping cart that had a red light camera in it. That man told police Baker and another individual had pushed the equipment away from the area before leaving.

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Baker was arrested and charged with larceny. He could not be reached.