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St. George Island WeatherSTEM station back online after theft

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:59 PM EDT
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ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. (WCTV) - After a thief broke into the WeatherSTEM unit on the St. George Island bridge station early Friday morning, the unit is back online.

The St. George Island station is essential to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which uses the data to determine if the St. George Island Bridge is safe for travel. The thieves stole several components needed to keep the site running, including a cellular modem, a large battery and the Weather Stem Cloud Utility. Both replacing the stolen property and fixing the station cost WeatherSTEM $5,000.

The company installed a new 360° camera, which can prevent and catch any future thieves or vandals from plundering the station.

“This view that we now have is looking right down the pier, and that’s the only way someone would be able to approach the weather station,” said WeatherSTEM CEO and founder, Ed Mansouri. “Unless they came in by boat, in which case we’ll be able to see them through the other views.”

Weather Stem is offering a $500 reward for anyone with information on the theft. If you have information, contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s office at (850)-670-8500.

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