Williamson Co. sheriff looking for stop sign thief

By Heartland News

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Williamson County Sheriff is looking for whoever has been stealing stop signs in the east and southeast part of the county.

Sheriff Bennie Vick says 12 to 15 stop signs have been stolen over the past few weeks near Dykersburg, Crab Orchard, and Stonefort.

Vick says this creates a danger for travelers as traffic control devices are there to tell drivers to stop and take a good look around.  He says removing the stop signs put people at risk of pulling out in front of a moving vehicle or having someone pull out in front of them.

It can cost as much as $326.30 to replace one stop sign, according to Vick.

Theft of a stop sign can be charged as a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Anyone with information about the stolen stop signs is asked to call the Willamson County Sheriff's Office at 618-997-6541 or Williamson County Crimestoppers at 1-800-414-TIPS (8477).  Tips can also be left online at www.williamsoncrimestoppers.com or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637.  The texting tipster should beginning with "quicktip_" when texting a tip.  Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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