Corvallis police seeking information on the theft of thousands of dollars of scientific equipment from a parked van Saturday night.
According to police reports, someone smashed the driver’s-side window to enter a van parked in the 1500 block of Northwest Highland Drive. Stolen was a Satlantic brand hyperpro radiometer and a large white marine cooler containing a black cable that attaches to the radiometer.
The radiometer was stored in a hard-shell silver case and measures 5 feet long by 3 feet wide and 1 foot deep; it weighs 70 pounds. The cooler is 5 feet long by 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep.
The hyperpro radiometer is used to measure the clarity of ocean water. Both the scientific equipment and the van are the property of Oregon State University. The instrument and accessories were valued together at $75,000.
Lt. Tim Brewer, spokesman for the Corvallis Police Department, said the report did not indicate why the van was parked in that area or whether it was parked in a driveway or on the street.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Officer Taylor Lawrence at 541-766-6924.