Police in a Beaver County municipality say the signs of theft were obvious – there were no signs. Someone stole 22 stop signs and two road directional signs from Independence Township, about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Police Chief Robert Baron said someone rocked the aluminum signs back and forth and pulled them out sometime after 11 p.m. Sunday. Also missing: nine mailboxes from township homes.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” Baron said. “I don’t know if it’s high school kids or just someone who needs money.”
Baron said the signs might have been stolen to be sold as scrap because the price of aluminum is high, but since they weigh less than 10 pounds each, the resale value would be minimal. The replacement cost is about $2,500.
No traffic problems have been reported because of the missing signs, many of which have already been replaced.
“But it’s a very big concern of mine,” Baron said.