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