Vernon Sheriff’s Office Investigates Road Sign Theft, Raises Alarm Over Perilous Findings

Vernon County isn’t the only one struggling 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. (Photo by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

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

“All traffic signs are for public safety, if stolen or missing, it could cause an accident to someone we love,” the department said in a news release Monday.

Some panels were removed from their posts, while posts were also cut and deleted, the statement said.

The signs were taken along state and county roads 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 out for their street signs in the county to include their city’s roads and report any suspicious vehicles and/or people whenever they see or hear something,” the sheriff’s statement read. .

Anyone with information about the location of any sign or the people 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 can also text SMS to www.p3tips.com.

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