Two women who attempted to steal an electronic non-radar device waived their rights to preliminary hearings yesterday.
Megan Haag, 20, and Danielle Kenawell, 22, both of DuBois, both face charges of theft by unlawful taking.
According to paperwork filed in the case, officers were operating a speed-timing device, known as ENRADD, along U.S. Route 219 on March 12. As officers were operating the system, they observed a red Ford Mustang traveling north on U.S. 219 slow down in front of the ENRADD unit. The vehicle pulled away, then returned a short time later and stopped in front of the ENRADD unit.
Officers then noticed a female, later identified as Ms. Haag, exit the passenger side of the vehicle, walk over to the ENRADD unit, then walk back to the vehicle, and it appeared that she was talking with the driver. The woman then walked over to the ENRADD unit, picked it up, along with a battery pack, and placed it in the Mustang.
As the vehicle pulled away, police pulled out from where they were parked and pulled over the Mustang. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Ms. Kenawell. Officers observed the ENRADD unit between the driver and passenger seats. Both women were taken into custody and admitted to stealing the device.
The ENRADD unit is valued at approximately $4,000 and is the property of the state Department of Transportation North Central Highway Safety Network. It was being borrowed by the Sandy Township Police Department at the time of the incident.
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