Reward offered in thefts of road signs

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HANCOCK COUNTY — After a rash of thefts of highway signs, the Hancock County Highway Department is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can offer information leading to the conviction of the thieves.

County engineer Gary Pool said the department was recently told about one missing sign and, after checking on signage countywide, discovered approximately 20 more street signs were gone. They are mostly missing in Blue River and Jackson Townships.

“I’m not sure what’s going on, but it’s not good for the public not to be able to know where they’re going,” Pool said.

Pool said one of the missing signs was found at a site where another sign had been taken, indicating that the same person was responsible for several thefts. He said he hoped the person responsible would not escalate to stealing more vital traffic markers, like yield or stop signs.

By offering a reward, the highway department hopes to find the thief, possibly recover the stolen signs and discourage others from doing the same.

“People need those signs to find their way around. They have a purpose,” he said.

If you have any information on the thefts, call the Highway Department at 317-477-1130.