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Missing traffic signs pose threat for northeast Arkansas drivers

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BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Street crews in one Arkansas town got a not-so-sweet present this Valentine's Day. They awoke to find several streets signs damaged and others stolen.

Brookland Mayor Ken Jones says several people reported a number of street signs damaged and pulled from the ground.

"This is the citizens' money that is being destroyed here. For us to go back and re-do them is just an extra expense the city doesn't have," says Brookland Mayor Ken Jones. He started his morning with several phone calls, not with people wishing him a Happy Valentines Day...

"Citizens they said 'hey I got a sign in my yard next to our drive way,' and when we went driving around to look we found several," says Jones.

Signs found destroyed and pulled up all over town. Everything from stop signs, street signs, speed limit and children at play signs. Only deep holes marked where the signs used to be, and from the tire tracks left behind..."Appears to be a Dooley. Apparently, they pulled them out and just went down the road and threw them out," says Jones.

The Brookland Street Department spent Monday re-staking signs. Jones says this type of vandalism is something he does not take lightly. He says it's not only dangerous for drivers.

"When they're gone, especially someone who does not know the area, they don't see the stop sign they just go, and an accident could happen.

But it's also costly to repair. "You're looking at a couple hundred dollars a sign here just to replace these. In a small town with a city street budget like we have, it's very tough on us. This is destruction of city property, and there's hefty fines that goes with that. They just need to understand the seriousness of what they're doing," says Jones.

Mayor Jones asks the citizens to help keep an eye out, and if they have any information to call the Brookland City Hall at 870-935-0538. Jones hopes to have all the signs back up within the next couple of days.

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