Stop signs stolen from Chippewa Co. intersections

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (CHIPPEWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) -- During the early morning hours of Friday August 8th the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department investigated the reports of several stop signs in the Town of Lafayette that had been removed from intersections. When officers responded to the area they discovered that stop signs at numerous intersections had been removed and taken. After the Town of Lafayette and Chippewa County HWY personnel began replacing signs they found that as many as 12 Stop Signs had been taken from intersections.

It does appear that a Truck with Duel tires may have been involved in the incident and that the signs were pushed over then taken. The South West section of the Township is where the majority of the criminal activity had occurred. It is believed that the time period would have been as early as 1am. We are urging the public to contact our agency with any information that would lead to apprehending those involved. The cost of time labor and replacement of the signs is significant, but is minimal compared to the safety aspect. There have been numerous incidents in the past of vandalism of street signs that have lead to severe injury and traffic fatalities. We do feel fortunate that did not occur today and want to prevent any chances of this in the future.

If any person has any information about this incident they are urged to contact the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office Online Tipster site at the link on the right side of this story.

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