Stealing a stop sign is a crime, and if caught, perpetrators could be facing a very serious charge, according to Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker.
Whittaker is so serious about the crime, he is involving Crime Stoppers to offer a reward to anyone offering information leading up to an arrest and conviction of those stealing the signs.
“We have been having a lot of trouble with people stealing signs in the Bucksville area near Auburn,” said Whittaker. “In fact, it is getting to be a serious problem,” added the sheriff.
Whittaker informed the Logan County Fiscal Court of the problem during its last meeting. He said he was going to put the crime on Crime Stoppers to see if he could generate information on who is stealing the signs.
Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward to anyone with knowledge on a crime listed.
Crime Stoppers USA is the national Crime Stoppers organization that spans the United States to create a network of local programs that work together to prevent and solve crimes in communities and schools across the nation.
Logan County has a Crime Stoppers group made up of police chiefs and members at large. This group offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and conviction. If you have any information pertaining to the crime of stealing signs, please call 270-726-5050. All that is needed is your information, not your identity. Your name will stay anonymous.
“It is very expensive to replace a stop sign,” said Wayne Appling of the county road department. “I’m finding them gone all the time. It’s really a problem especially for vehicles traveling on the roads. It is very dangerous.” Appling also said it’s dangerous for emergency service agencies who may be trying to find an address and are unaware there is a stop sign missing.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.