SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting of speed-readout radar speed sign that damaged the sign to the point of not working properly.
It happened on Agua Fría Road near the San Isidro Catholic Church sometime last week.
"We do get a number of complaints of individuals that speed down the road," Lt. William Pacheco said.
Because of that, the county put up a radar sign to remind people to slow down.
Pacheco said it's been especially helpful until someone opened fire on it taking out one of the LED lights. Now, only part of the driver's speed is visible on the screen.
Even though the sign still mostly works, the sheriff's office said it may as well be a total loss because fixing it would be just as costly as replacing it.
"Unfortunately, it's about $3,400 coming out of taxpayer pockets for some individual we at this point have not identified," said Pacheco.
This is just the latest speed device to be targeted in Santa Fe.
Last year Scott Powell, wearing only a night shirt, blasted away at a city of Santa Fe speed van. He pleaded no contest in connection with that shooting earlier this year.
Deputies are not sure why this speed radar sign was targeted because, unlike the speed vans run by the city, this one does not take photos or record video.
"I'm almost thinking maybe the individual did think that they were going to get a ticket or that maybe some type of video was being collected, and so they shot it," Pacheco said.
A couple of years ago, the Sheriff's Office also had its speed-sign trailer stolen. It was later found with only minimal damage. Those types of devices cost about $5,000.
The Sheriff's Office said if the speed radar signs continue to be targeted, adding cameras in the future is something it could look into.
As for the damaged sign, Pacheco said it's not likely they will find the person responsible unless someone comes forward with information.
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