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Middle Inlet Offers $1,000 Reward For Sign Thieves
Some lucky person could be $1,000 richer if they happen to be in the right place in Middle inlet at the right time and spot the sign thieves, who were busy again in Middle Inlet over the weekend of July 29-30. Town Chair Rich Wade said the town is once again offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who can provide them with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Wade said he received a call Tuesday morning, Aug. 1 from Marinette County Highway Department informing him that road signs were again missing from various town roads, including Creek, Rueff, Maple Beach, Wayside and Trudgeon roads and others. He said they had just finished replacing signs stolen about two weeks ago in the last spate of sign vandalism, and now 10 more have been stolen.
"That's a lot of signs to to steal without anybody knowing about it," Wade declared. He believes somebody must have seen something, and hopes they will come forward to help put a stop to the thefts and vandalism that will end up costing taxpayers a lot of money. He said the cost to Middle Inlet taxpayers will be more than $1,000 for this weekend of thefts alone.
This time it was road name signs. At other times, stop signs and other safety signs had been stolen, smashed or knocked down. Destroying or downing those types of signs could end up costing someone their life, Wade pointed out. If that happens, the person who took the sign could be liable for civil damages as well as criminal charges.
Wade said after being informed that more signs were gone he contacted supervisors Don Van and Ron Wenzel and both agreed they should renew the $1,000 reward offer and again ask the public to help.
"We will spread the word and see if we can finally catch these guys," Wade declared. He said anyone with information should contact him, Van or Wenzel, call the town hall at 715-854-3106, or Crime Stoppers at 800-427-5857. "We'll make sure they remain anonymous," Wade pledged.
Information can also be submitted by going online to http://www.mmcrimestoppers.com, and submitting an anonymous report form. Once a report has been submitted a code number will be issued, and if the call leads to an arrest and conviction the person who provided the information will receive the $1,000 reward. The caller will remain anonymous throughout the entire process, regardless how the report was submitted, Wade said.