A portable speed camera is black from what police call arson. Todd Heisig lives across from Glenelg High School and heard commotion around 5 a.m. Saturday.
"Like firecrackers, maybe heavier than that. I thought like M80's," said Heisig.
Just ashes on the cement base are left on Sunday. Howard County police are certain someone intentionally set fire to the camera.
The first call came from a newspaper deliveryman.
"It happened up here on 144, where the guy was shooting BB's or a rifle at them. They arrested him," said Ellis Justis, who lives near Glenelg High School.
We zoomed in on the problem of damaging speed cameras. Back in 2011, police say a man used a hammer to break the windshield of a speed camera vehicle on 295.
A few months later, outside of Sparrows Point H.S., someone used a chain to attach a speed camera to their pickup truck and rip it out of the ground.
Also in Baltimore County in 2012, the lens of a speed camera was spray painted and kicked off the foundation on South Rolling Rd. Vulgar messages were spray painted on the metal at Loch Raven High School.
"I can't imagine an adult coming out and doing it."
Police may be able to rely on surveillance video at Glenelg High School.
If you think you can fly through here Monday morning, not so fast. Police say the camera will be replaced before the school bell rings.
"I'm happy just because I live here. I'd probably be annoyed if I didn't live here," said Heisig.
Howard County police say the camera will be placed at a new location.
Arson investigators are offering a reward of up to $500 for information that leads to an arrest. You can call: 410-313-STOP.
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