Road Runner: Top 10 street signs stolen in Pima County

2013-09-30T00:00:00Z 2013-09-30T14:48:05Z Road Runner: Top 10 street signs stolen in Pima CountyBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

There is only one North Nirvana Place in Pima County, but the same street sign is hanging in bedrooms, garages and man caves throughout the area.

It is unclear whether fans of grunge or transcendental meditation are stealing them, but county officials place Nirvana Place in the top 10 of stolen street signs.

Popular signs, at least for the county, includes references to beer, spiders, girls’ names and something Beavis and Butthead would probably find giggle-worthy.

The reason some of the signs are so popular seems obvious. For some of the others, go figure. And while county officials came up with a top 10 list, they were reluctant to say exactly how many times each had to be replaced, fearing that would encourage further sign-napping.

The top 10 includes:

• Corona Road

• Cool Drive

• Butts Road

• Hash Knife Circle

• Chico Lane

• Tarantula Trail

• Michelle Lane

• Nicole Place

• Oasis Road

• Nirvana Place

County officials say it costs roughly $50 to print up a new street sign, but the cost is in the hundreds of dollars once labor is factored in to the final bill.

Anyone thinking about climbing up a pole with a hacksaw should take note: Those caught will be prosecuted for theft of government property.

Thinking about stealing a stop sign? Think again. Deputy Tracy Suitt notes that if an accident occurs from someone removing a traffic sign, the thief can wind up facing a criminal, not civil, charge.

This includes a manslaughter charge if the accident leads to someone dying as a result of the missing street sign.

To report a stolen or damaged street sign in unincorporated Pima County, call 724-6410.

Coming next week: The top 10 signs stolen inside the city limits.

Down the road

• Crews with the Arizona Department of Transportation will begin work this week to trim trees and remove shrubs growing in the median of a 15½-mile segment of Interstate 19 north of Nogales.

The posted speed limit through the entire project area will be reduced from 75 mph to 45 mph during work hours for the duration of the project.

• Crews with ADOT will be working today on the edge of Arizona 86 just west of the junction with Arizona 386.

Motorists traveling Ajo Way can expect delays of up to 15 minutes during construction, which is expected to be finished on Friday.

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