Hubbard Chief of Police Ronald Fusco is asking for the public's help to catch the person or people responsible for taking multiple road signs, including theft of stop signs that could lead to a serious accident or even death. 

In a press release from the chief states that within the last two weeks, several road signs have been stolen and damaged throughout the township.

Fusco said that sign theft also negatively affects taxpayers, who must foot the bill for replacing street and safety signs, at a cost for replacement and labor costs approximately $200 to $250 for each sign.

The police department is reviewing security cameras from local businesses and homeowners in the area of the stolen signs.

The public is asked to report any suspicious activity and Fusco says officers have increased patrols in an attempt to catch the perpetrators.

Fusco said, "While the thefts may seem harmless, they can have serious consequences for the thieves and individuals who may be injured or killed as a result of the crime."

According to the press release, street signs are public property and the theft of public property is a misdemeanor of the third degree. This charge can be increased if the theft results in an accident and you are found liable. It can then range from criminal mischief to felony manslaughter.

Anyone with knowledge of sign theft can call the Hubbard Township Police Department at (330) 534-8477 or the Trumbull County 911 Center at (330) 675-2730. Callers can remain anonymous.