Sheriff: road sign thefts endanger lives

It may be a sign of the times, but Jones County authorities say the theft and vandalism of road signs in the county has to stop.

All sorts of signs have either been stolen or damaged recently, which has endangered the public, according to Jones County Sheriff Larry Dykes.

Most of the incidents have happened in district three and southern Jones County.

Dykes is asking for your help in catching those responsible and reminds all of us that stealing or vandalizing the signs is a serious crime.

"If need be they have to call an ambulance, a fire truck, law enforcement, by the road signs not being there, it could cause a few minutes delay, which could be life-threatening," Dykes said.

"These people that are stealing these signs need to remember that," Dykes said.

Dykes says depending on the cost of damage, those taking or destroying signs could be charged with a felony.