Fiscal Court Offers Reward For Missing Signs

By: Angel Sparkman Email
By: Angel Sparkman Email

More than 100 street signs are missing in Pike County.

Investigators say all were stolen in a matter of days.

Now the fiscal court is offering a reward to catch the thieves.

County officials say the stolen street signs cost taxpayer's money to replace and put lives in danger during an emergency, so officials want to catch the thieves and stop the thefts before something worse happens.

Pike County Road Foreman Greg White is replacing street signs all over his district. 115 disappeared in just the last few weeks.

“Some of these signs we put up, and they come back down the next night,” Greg White said.

After 42 disappeared in one night, White took measures to prevent it, but the signs keep disappearing.

“It seems like nothing is working. You know, everything we do, they're still taking them down,” White said.

White does not know why. The signs are made of fiberglass, not metal, and have no street value.

Now the fiscal court is getting involved. Each stolen sign costs taxpayer dollars to replace.

“They are definitely not cheap,” Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said.

They worry it could cost someone's life.

Paramedics and Firefighters need the street signs to find emergencies.

“They're a must and people just don't realize what a lifesaving thing they are. They're just as much a part of the 911 system as the operators and fire departments and everything else,” Randy Courtney said.

The Fiscal Court is offering a 300 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the thieves, “We think 300 will entice them to give us a call,” Judge Rutherford said.

The County Attorneys also plan to prosecute the thefts as felonies.

They hope the thefts stop before someone's life is in danger.

If you have any information about the thefts, or if you have any of the stolen signs, you can call the Pike County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say people will not get the reward money until the cases go through court.

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