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Man charged with role in theft of road signs

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County government posted reward over problem

By Linda Ireland

A Hodgenville man has been charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000 after officers allegedly found four highway signs in his truck.

Brandon Elliott Payton, 19, will answer the felony charge Oct. 28 in LaRue District Court.

Payton was charged after Chief Deputy Marcus Jackson reportedly found  stop, curve, children at play and deer crossing signs in the bed of his pickup.

The arrest comes on the heels of the county offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone found taking or destroying road and stop signs in the county.

Over the summer, several signs, costing hundreds of dollars to replace, were stolen throughout the county. The latest incident occurred three weeks ago in the Roanoke area.

Total replacement and labor costs for recent thefts came to about $1,200. The replacement cost for one sign and post is $119 plus $40 labor, according to county officials.