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Stolen Signs Creating Safety Issues For Wis. Work Crews

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a recent string of thefts involving construction signs in western Wisconsin.

Authorities said construction crews in Wisconsin are continuing road repairs on Highway 65 in St. Croix County near Hudson, but now the safety of workers is at risk as signs have been disappearing and barricades are being moved. Authorities said somebody is moving tubular markers to drive through construction zones.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office said it’s illegal and costs taxpayers money, but more importantly, it creates a big safety hazard for crews.

Suspects involved in the incidents are likely to face hefty fines and even jail time if caught and convicted. Fines start at more than $250 and could include a penalty of up to 60 days in jail. Authorities said stolen signs cost taxpayers money and creates a big safety risk for all motorists.

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