COVINGTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Opp police and Covington County detectives have arrested a man for allegedly stealing a dozen or more road signs.
The suspect is identified as Zachary Harrison, according to Opp police. A joint investigation between Opp and Covington County authorities led them to Harrison's home where officers found remnants of several signs. Detectives say they also found drugs inside the residence.
Harrison allegedly melted the face of the signs and sold parts to a scrap metal dealer in Andalusia to get money to buy drugs.
Most of the signs have since been replaced. The signs cost anywhere from $50 to $75.
Opp and Covington County authorities agree this was one of strangest crimes they've ever seen. A homeowner on Third Street, Earl McCormick, also agrees. He first noticed the missing signs about two weeks previously. His wife reported to police the sudden disappearance of all the stop signs on their street.
"There were two of them taken. The first one and the second one," said McCormick.
A No Dumping sign was ripped down on Walding Road along with a few other signs in the county, according to Opp police chief Mike McDonald.
"Within the city of Opp we probably lost around a half-dozen, and Covington County lost some signs," said Chief McDonald.
The potential danger the lack of traffic signs posed is obvious, but there were no reports of accidents at any of the intersections. McCormick shudders at the thought of what could've happened.
"Especially at night," McCormick said.
Harrison remains in the county jail.