Reward Offered For Stolen Rutherford County Road Signs - WSPA.com

Reward Offered For Stolen Rutherford County Road Signs

Posted: Updated: March 27, 2013 01:40 PM EDT
Reward Offered For Stolen Rutherford County Road Signs Reward Offered For Stolen Rutherford County Road Signs
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. -

Deputies need your help finding out who is stealing road signs in Rutherford County.

The sheriff's office is now offering a reward, if you can help catch the culprit.

Authorities say 139 signs have been stolen since Jan. 1, 2013.

Stan Morrison who lives on Tobacco Road says his street sign has disappeared multiple times.

"It's a little frustrating," Morrison said.

Rutherford County is losing around 25 to 30 signs a month. Officials say replacing the signs is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars as it costs up to $150 to replace one sign.

In 2011, officials reported to the sheriff's office a total of 344 signs were removed. That number increased the next year to 424 in 2012.

"There were so many signs being stolen each week, we were having more signs stolen than we could install them," said Rutherford County Manager Carl Classen.

The road signs assist emergency personnel when responding to homes and businesses. A stolen road sign slows the response of emergency personnel and could endanger the life of the caller.

"If they are to miss the road because the road sign is down, they will have to find somewhere to turn the vehicle around safely and then go back," says EMT trainer Justin Moore with Rutherford County Emergency Services. "Every second counts. Seconds can mean life or death."

There is now a reward being offered for tips leading to an arrest. Officials hope it will get the community looking for signs of criminal activity.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Crimestoppers of Rutherford County at 828.286.TIPS (8477).

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