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Stop signs go missing in West Point

The Davis County Sheriff's Office needs the public’s help keeping an eye out for people stealing stop signs. So far, two stop signs have been stolen out in West Point.
WEST POINT, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Davis County Sheriff's Office needs the public’s help keeping an eye out for people stealing stop signs. So far, two stop signs have been stolen out in West Point.

4500 West and 1800 North is one of the areas the stop signs have been stolen. Although there is now a temporary stop sign, police and residents in the area say stealing stop signs on a busy road is no joke.

“It is a busy street and I have two little kids so, it is preferred to have them,” said Amberlee Cunningham, who lives on the street the stop signs were stolen from.

In fact, Cunningham is just one of the West Point residents whose home surrounds the intersection of 800 North and 4500 West where the Davis County Sheriff's office says another stop sign was stolen.

"It’s nothing new but it’s not a good thing when traffic control devices are removed from the public roadway because if there is an accident it could be a bad situation out there,” said Sgt. Susan Poulsen with the Davis County Sheriff's Office.

Luckily, no accidents were reported between the times the signs went missing over the weekend and yesterday when UDOT put up the temporary signs. Right now officers don't have any leads on who is responsible for stealing the signs, but Cunningham says she has a hunch.

"To me it’s a teenager being dumb,” said Cunningham. Dumb or not, the sheriff's office says stealing stop signs is no joke. The person or persons responsible would not only face theft and vandalism charges, but if it was the cause of an accident where someone was injured or killed they could also face criminal charges.

"We just would appreciate help from the public if they know something,” said Sgt. Poulsen

Meanwhile, residents like Cunningham say the temporary stop signs give her piece of mind. "As long as they’re taking action and making sure it don't happen again or putting up a temporary to make sure people aren't forgetting to stop right there then I feel pretty good, we’re ok we're taken care of,” said Cunningham.

Again if you see anyone taking a stop sign you are asked to report it to the Davis County Sheriff's Office at 801-451-4150.

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