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7/11/2007-Cherokee County

Signs Stolen Posing Threat For Drivers

They are meant to warn you of roads closed from the recent flooding, but now, they've become a prized item for thieves. Road closed signs are disappearing in East Texas and authorities want to find out who is taking them before drivers get hurt.

"Our precinct we had 16 roads that were impassible," said Cherokee County Commissioner Precinct 4 Byron Underwood.

Impassible roads all over East Texas need barricades and signs warning drivers, but unfortunately some criminals have stolen those precautionary signs.

"This is a dangerous situation. I would just like to emphasize to parents and teenagers don't take those signs.  Adhere to them, they are there for a reason," said Underwood, "Its time to stop this."

 A plea from authorities to make sure you know what's ahead further down the road.

The persons responsible for stealing these signs would be charged with a misdemeanor. Punishable by up to 2 years in jail and up to $1,000 of fines.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.

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