LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Dozens of street signs have gone missing in Lincoln County, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars and risking interference with emergency response calls.
Billy Warren is a one man crew. On Friday alone he replaced more than a dozen street signs. The others were stolen in the last week, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
In all Warren says 30 signs went missing. They cost $100 to replace-- at taxpayers expense-- and the missing signs could become a matter of life and death for emergency responders.
"These are all 911 street signs and that's what the ambulance and everyone looks for," said Warren
It takes around 30 minutes to make each sign at the shop according to Warren and if a sign is reported before 2:00 p.m. he will have it replaced by the end of the day.
After replacing this latest group of signs, Warren has a message for those responsible for the extra work.
"Think about if you're sick grandma is living on that road and you have a bunch of ambulance drivers depending on those signs. It's raining, it's dark, there's no lights. The only way they can find it by is the sign. That's what you're messing with," Warren.
If you have any information you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers.