- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Lincoln County are trying to solve the problem of stolen road signs.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says 64 signs have been stolen in 2015, which they say is a dramatic increase from last year,

The sheriff’s office says the thefts not only cost taxpayers about $100 for each sign taken, but it also creates problems for people who need emergency help but can’t be located if the street sign is missing. The stolen signs can cause a slow response time and endanger lives.

Officials say some signs are targeted for what’s on them. The sign for Diesel Drive in northeastern Lincoln County has been replaced seven times in the last week.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the thefts.

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