Park, road signs stolen in Comlara Park

PEORIA (25 NEWS) – Road signs around a McLean County park are disappearing, and about 10 of them have disappeared in recent weeks.

Now the McLean County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community to help them get to the bottom of this.

Brett Murphy, Comlara Park Maintenance Supervisor, said that in August, while performing regular park maintenance, he noticed that some of the park signs and signs around the park were starting to disappear. .

Murphy said more signs were gone around Thanksgiving.

“It’s a little demoralizing because of that because we’re here and we spend our time keeping things clean as best we can and trying to make the facility work the best we can and then we have little things like that happen, ”Murphy said.

Some of the missing include stop signs, a flashing yellow light near Lake Evergreen, park rules and regulations signs, and a White Oak Campground map donated by the Girl Scouts.

McLean County Deputy Sheriff Laurin Bartelmay said replacing signs can be expensive, especially park signs, which cost around $ 250.

Bartelmay said in his six years watching over the park he had never seen anything like it.

“Some people like to collect the signs,” Bartelmay said.

“But to the detriment of the citizens of McLean County, I think it is not the right thing to do,” he added.

Bartelmay added that taking signs that help people navigate the lake area can also compromise safety.

“It’s to keep people from driving in the lake,” Bartelmay said. “We have had problems in the past with people riding in the lake,” he said.

Bartelmay said anyone with information about the stolen signs can contact the McLean County Sheriff’s Department.

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