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Police searching for suspects in $80K speed camera theft

Providence police are searching for suspects in the theft of a new camera used to catch speeding drivers. (WJAR)

Providence police are searching for suspects in the theft of a new camera used to catch speeding drivers.

The camera was stolen from its location on Peace Street just days after it was installed.

It was one of five cameras that have been installed in the city.

The cost of the stolen camera is $80,000, according to a police report from the incident.

The cameras are about four feet high and are bolted to the ground.

Gilbert Paulino, who lives just down the street, saw workers install the camera.

"I noticed it was gone but I thought they put it some place else, like, they hid it so people wouldn't see it," Paulino said.

Chris Xiong, like other neighbors NBC 10 News spoke to, was happy the camera had been installed.

"When I saw the sign, it was like a blessing. Finally, finally. Look at these cars slowing down now. Every day, you see these cars speeding by," Xiong said.

The cameras were approved by the city council and mayor last year, to be installed near schools and where there had been complaints about speeders.

"I see a lot of people coming on the one-way street. I live here. It's kind of dangerous for my kids and stuff," Gilbert said.

Providence police released images from a nearby security camera of the pick-up truck they said was used to steal the camera.

They said the dark-colored Dodge with two people inside held up traffic while the camera was being stolen.

The mayor's office said the company the city contracts with to operate the cameras is responsible for replacing the stolen camera and is expected to replace it soon.

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