Sheriff’s office finds stolen signs

Clarence Plank

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies have located 61 street and highway signs they believe were stolen from eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle.

Officials said they were alerted to the thefts by an anonymous tipster who said photos were posted on Facebook, a social networking site.

Chief Deputy Malin Parker said charges are pending as prosecutors are trying to determine the value of the signs.

“I guess it was one of their ways in having fun,” Parker said.

But punishment can be severe, especially if a traffic accident results in serious injury or death because a road sign were stolen.

Parker said the thieves could face up to nine years in jail.

Deputy Javier Sanchez recognized a West Third Street Portales home from the Facebook photos and went to talk to residents. The residents consented to a search of the home, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The signs seized came from multiple counties in New Mexico and Texas, the news release said.

Deputies also seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the residence, according to the release.