|Updated: 12/18/2013 9:01 am
||Published: 12/17/2013 8:04 pm
Mayes County Sheriff's Office hoping Facebook will be key to catching a thief
The Mayes County Sheriff's Office now has a person of interest who may be involved in the theft of nearly 2 dozen street signs. They're hoping social media may be the key to catching the culprit.
Many stop signs are anchored by cement, but a lot of rural signs are not making them easy to steal. And for one woman in Mayes County, that left her family member shattered.
FOX23 caught up with Karla Lane on a country road in Mayes County. When FOX23’s Sharon Phillips told her why they were in Mayes County, Lane grew concerned.
"Well that's scary because I know that my aunt lives in Nebraska and she was in a bad accident because some kids stole a sign," says Lane.
A teenage prank left her 80-year-old aunt broken and shattered.
"She lives out in the country and there were some signs that had been stolen I guess and it was getting dark and some kids went right through it because they didn't know there was supposed to be a stop sign there," she says.
Mayes County Sheriff's deputies suspect the same thing happened last Friday after a thief or thieves stole nearly two dozen street signs.
"That's disheartening because you've got young people who have never been in trouble stealing some signs and caving in to peer pressure thinking it's a joke or a gag, and here it is turning into something violent or catastrophic," says Mayes County Capt. Rod Howell.
Since then, deputies have been working hard to find who stole the signs. They now have a person of interest they want to talk to.
"We got an anonymous tip after a person sent us a Facebook link and then showed us some photos and we were basically able to discover that there were three signs: a stop sign, a dead end sign and most notably a 420 sign that we are led to believe are going to be Mayes County signs," says Howell.
This person is just a person of interest and not a suspect at this time. If you have any information about the stolen signs, you are asked to call the Mayes County Sheriff's Office.