Last week, the offered . Those responsible for the theft lawyered up and made amends before the deadline expired.
Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said the department received a phone call Thursday from a lawyer, representing his clients anonymously, reporting that the speed sign had been destroyed. After negotiating, the lawyer dropped off $4,750 cash Friday to replace the sign and informed the department of where the broken sign was located.
"We have reason to believe once they realized there was GPS technology and a camera inside, they immediately disabled the sign and [put] it somewhere which would have made the GPS technology worthless," Fuchs aid.
Fuchs said the youth in Redding should be aware that traffic signs are meant for motor vehicle safety. He referenced a recent case in Connecticut where there was a fatal motor vehicle crash at an intersection from where kids had stolen a stop sign. Those kids were charged with manslaughter because their actions resulted in the death of someone.
"If you steal signs or make them illegible—there are real consequences to your actions," he said.