Tangipahoa Parish officials targeting traffic sign thefts

Tangipahoa Parish officials targeting traffic sign thefts

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Tangipahoa Parish officials are taking a tough, aggressive stance to stop the theft of traffic signs.

"What is typically described as a 'prank' is a criminal act that can lead to injury or even deaths on our roadways," Parish President Gordon Burgess said. "These signs are not free. They are produced, acquired, and installed at taxpayer expense. We have an obligation in parish government to protect public property and we will take action against those who destroy taxpayer property."

He says his office will actively pursue charges against individuals who have stolen traffic signs or in possession of them. The charges could include vandalism, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment.

Burgess says they usually see in a spike in thefts at the end of the summer.

If anyone sees missing traffic signs, contact Parish government at (985) 748-3211. If you have any information about the theft of traffic signs, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.

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