A THIEF armed with a bolt cutter and socket set made off with Draperstown’s CCTV camera, Magherafelt District Council heard.
Police have footage of the incident but the person responsible was wearing a balaclava.
The theft coincided with a bomb scare in the St Patrick’s Street area of the town in the early hours of December 2.
The council was told security measures, including a motion sensor alarm, extra satellite cameras, and hardened mount had been installed to deter attacks.
The camera was vandalised over the summer, repaired and replaced at an estimated cost of more than £10,000.