LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW)--The Lincoln county Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of vandalism cases in Pine River and Merrill.
As drivers, we use them everyday. But when a traffic sign goes missing, it can be costly for the county and for drivers.
"Everything is becoming more and more expensive," said Lincoln County sign coordinator Melvin Doering, also known as "The Sign Guy." He's been restoring the roadways in the county for eight years.
He covers the entire county on the state, federal and county highways. Investigators are trying to find information about who removed some stop signs in the Town of Pine River. They were removed at Corner Road and Deer Run Avenue and Corner Road and Hill View.
The signs were later found in a snow bank and have since been replaced.
Doering said a new stop sign costs Lincoln County around 26 dollars. He said signs and road blocks sometimes get returned, but thieves are rarely caught. He can't remember anyone being turned in since he began replacing signs.
"We get a lot of flashing barricades that are stolen and once in a while you'll see them flashing in someone's house at night and maybe they'll get a call from the sheriff's office the next day," he said.
Investigators are also looking for information regarding signs stolen from a business on Big Eddy Road twice in the last month. If you have any information about these crimes, you are urged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 715-536-6272 or Crime Stoppers of Lincoln County at 715-536-3726.
Officers said there can be a fine associated with sign stealing, and thieves can be held responsible for traffic accidents caused by missing signs or barricades.