“So, over the past two years, it’s ongoing, we have replaced six signs,” said Mark Ward, Pointe Coupee Parish Government Director of Administration.
Little Italy Road only stretches about a mile long with a few homes and farms animals, but its signs continue to be stolen. Ward said it’s a problem.
“As soon as we get a new one out there, it disappears so it’s been an ongoing battle for like the last two years,” Ward said.
The crime may seem innocent enough but it could have serious consequences.
“Throughout the parish, Acadian Ambulance, and also our firefighters that may or may not live in the parish, they may not know every single road inside the parish. So, if we are lacking street signs, it could delay a response to folks that live on that street,” Ward explained.
Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also costing taxpayers.
“It takes away from our public works guys, from digging ditches or fixing roads,” said Ward.
Pointe Coupee is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information on where the signs are going and any information that could lead to an arrest.
If you have any information that can help in this case, please call Jeanne Hendrix at 225-638-9556.