Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office probes theft of traffic signs, sounds alarm on perilous results

Vernon Sheriff’s Office Probes Theft Of Traffic Signs, Sounds Alarm On Perilous Results

Vernon County isn’t the only one grappling with sign thefts. In Vermont in 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 19-year-old man who admitted he and others stole 26 street signs, many of which are pictured here. (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office photo)

VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) — The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than 25 traffic signs in the county this year, noting that such larceny presents a particular danger.

“All highway traffic signs are for the public’s safety, if they are stolen or missing, it could cause an accident for someone we care about,” the department said in a news release Monday.

Some signs have been taken off of their posts, while posts also have been cut and taken as well, the release said.

The signs have been taken along state and county roadways near Viroqua, Westby, Coon Valley, Chaseburg, Stoddard, Genoa, Readstown and Viola, according to the Vernon County Highway Department.

“We encourage the public to keep an eye on their traffic signs around the county to include their town roads and report any suspicious vehicles and or persons anytime they see or hear something,” the sheriff’s release said.

Anyone with information on the location of any signs or the persons responsible is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (608) 637-2123 or remain anonymous by calling Vernon County Crimestoppers at (608) 637-8477. You also can Text A Tip @ www.p3tips.com.