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Police: 30+ road signs stolen from Hancock County

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — “Do you know someone who has been adding several new road signs to their man cave?” the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook Thursday.

More than 30 road signs have disappeared from the rural, southeastern area of Hancock County southeast of Greenfield, the post said. It says three stop signs have disappeared in the last week.

Deputies say the expense to taxpayers is adding up but the danger of a missing stop sign may be most concerning.

“Signs are being taken from locations where drivers may not know about a sharp curve, or a required stop, especially if drivers can’t tell which intersection they are approaching,” writes the department. “The safety issue is even greater since this is occurring in remote areas where the theft may go unnoticed for some time.”

Some commenters online say it may be a social media trend, but that is unconfirmed.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies are increasing patrols in the area and the Hancock County Highway Department is also taking steps to catch the thieves.

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 317-477-1147.

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