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Brown County Sheriff's investigate damaged, stolen highway signs


BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County Sheriff's need your help finding the suspects behind a rash of damaged and stolen highway signs.

Authorities say 18 signs have been pushed over and two signs have been stolen since Sunday, March 24. 

Sheriff’s officials believe a person driving either a pickup truck or SUV is responsible for the damages. Investigators say at two sites dark blue metallic paint markings and chips were found. That evidence will be reviewed at the State of Wisconsin Crime Lab. 

Officials are not only concerned about the damage, but say a missing sign could cause a serious crash. 

"You're talking about missing stop signs," says Lt. Scott Semb. "If any of these missing signs, and we can prove that it led to a traffic crash before the sign can be replaced and injuries result, serious additional charges will be referred to the District Attorney's office."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at (920) 448-4230. Callers can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867. 

Below is a list of the dates and locations where the damage and thefts occurred:

3/24  Dead End  N. Vandenberg Road @ CTH QQ 3/24  CTH QQ  N. Vandenberg @ Courier 3/24  Keep Right  CTH V @ Erie Road 3/24  Keep Right  CTH V @ Erie Road (not a duplicate) 3/24  Route Marker  CTH JJ @ CTH QQ 3/24  45 Speed Limit  Mercier Road, south of Delcore 3/26  Keep Right  CTH JJ @ I-43 S/B Ramp Entrance 3/26  40 Speed Limit  CTH V, west of Grandview Road 3/26  Left Curve  CTH V,  west of Grandview Road 3/26  Left Reverse Curve CTH V, west of Grandview Road 3/27  Left Turn Lane  CTH V, west of Erie Road 3/27  Route marker  CTH QQ (N/B) @ CTH V 3/27  Bellevue Pop.  CTH JJ (W/B) at the Village limits 3/27  35 Speed Limit  CTH JJ, west of Oriole 3/28  Route Marker  CTH QQ (N/B) @ CTH VV   (Same sign repaired from 03/27) 3/28  Keep Right  CTH VV @ Erie Road (Same sign repaired from 03/27) 3/28  Keep Right  CTH VV @ Erie Road   (Same sign repaired from 03/27) 3/28  Stop Sign  CTH QQ @ Willow Road