Jones County crackdown aims to "STOP" street sign vandals

By Jeff Daley

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County Supervisors asked Sheriff Alex Hodge to step up efforts by his department to curb vandals who have been destroying street signs in the county.

In the past few months over 100 signs have been torn down and destroyed by the vandals costing the county thousands of dollars to repair.

Sheriff Hodge says finding the vandals is like finding a needle in a haystack and he is asking for help from citizens who may know the perpetrators.

He says not only is the vandalism costing the county money, but it is also extremely dangerous for citizens and first responders.

"It's a safety hazard because all of the emergency services responding out into the county, especially out in the rural areas are looking for these road signs and house signs trying to find the quickest way to be able to get to these emergencies," said Hodge. "We would just urge the vandals to please stop pulling down the signs."

If you have information on these vandals call your local law enforcement or crime stoppers at 601-428-STOP.

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