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Parts stolen from Memorial University radar systems in St. Bride’s and Argentia

Published on July 13, 2017

The RCMP in Placentia are on the hunt for whoever took parts from two radar systems belonging to Memorial University on the Avalon Peninsula used to study the ocean.

Parts were stolen from Memorial University's radar systems in St. Bride's and Argentia sometime in the past year, according to the RCMP.
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One of the systems was located near the foghorn in St. Brides, while the other was in Argentia, close to where Nalcor has several containers stored.

Four of the eight antennas at the St. Bride’s site were stolen along with the antenna bases and the support lines. The antennas were specially made in the province and costs about $2,500 each. They are 15 to 20 feet long and look like flagpoles.

Each antenna was supported by three lines about 25 to 30 feet long. The lines, which come in different colours, are made by Amsteel. It is very strong and expensive – between $1 and $2 per foot. In this case, the lines are grey with white stripes.

At the Argentia site, the radar system was disassembled, but the antennas were left behind and only the lines were taken.

The thefts occurred sometime over the past year, according to the police.

The value of the stolen parts and cost to re-install them is approximately $16,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Placentia RCMP at 709-227-2000. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (TIPS is 8477), by Secure Web Tips at www.nlcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP190 and your message to CRIMES, which is 274637.