Roadside Cameras Stir Mystery In St. Lawrence County
You might not notice them at first glance, but look more closely and you'll see the cameras.
Boxes containing cameras have been spotted on utility poles throughout St. Lawrence County
It's become a real mystery.
"A friend of mine was telling me about it earlier. I went and checked it out. I don't know where it came from or anything," said Norwood resident Eric Dafore.
Each box looks as if it contains six cameras, three on each side and all facing the road.
And nobody seems to know what they're for.
'It's like a violation of your rights kind of. People are spying on us now," Dafoe said.
Even though the boxes are attached to power poles, power companies didn't seem to know what they are, either.
Andrew McMahon of Massena Electric said they're aware of the boxes.
McMahon said Massena Electric took one down.
"We don't know what it is," he said. "We turned it over to the Massena Police Department."
Village police denied any knowledge.
National Grid officials say they do have a policy to allow agencies, specifically law enforcement agencies, to use their utility poles.
"We work very closely with law enforcement," said National Grid's Virginia Limmiatis.
"If we're subpoenaed by the courts to assist law enforcement, we provide them with the power source," Limmiatis said.
"I suggest that if you need specific information, you reach out to local law enforcement," she said.
So, in the end, the mystery of who put cameras there and what they're used for will remain just that, a mystery.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Watertown, NY
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