DATA from an allegedly stolen component of Bendigo's Clever Weather network tells of another twist in the tale.
The weather sensor has been missing since December 29, when its transmissions indicated it was removed from its post outside The Good Loaf bakery.
The battery-operated device kept recording and transmitting data during its apparent captivity.
La Trobe University Technology Innovation Lab head Dr Simon Egerton was able to deduce it was still somewhere in Bendigo.
It was being stored indoors, until about a week ago.
The Bendigo Advertiser ran a story about the pod's misadventures on February 15. Six days later, the data the sensor was transmitting changed.
"The pod's readings start to track the outdoor temperatures again," Dr Egerton said.
It had been moved, about 10pm on February 20.
"Then at 8am the following morning another change occurs," Dr Egerton said.
"The temperature starts to deviate again, with the temperature rapidly increasing."
The readings suggested the pod was again in an enclosed space.
Within hours, it was gone.
Dr Egerton was able to pinpoint the ten minute window in which the 'Pod in Peril' met its demise - sometime between 12.01pm and 12.10pm on February 21.
The last transmission was sent at 12.01pm, reading a temperature of 27.3 degrees Celsius.
It was possible the pod was destroyed, or thrown away outside the network's coverage area.
The pod was connected to the Internet of Things through the long-range radio network.
It was one of a number of weather sensors, or 'pods', in the city's Clever Weather network.
The 'Pod in Peril' provided unexpected learning opportunities for those involved in the initiative, showing the technology's resilience.
Dr Egerton said it had been "very interesting".