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Cops: Man Had Stolen Road Signs

The following arrest information was supplied by the Hopatcong police department. It does not indicate a conviction.

An anonymous tip led police to a Hamburg man driving through Hopatcong with stolen road signs, said.

An officer received a tip that John Williams, who had a suspended drivers license and outstanding Hopatcong arrest warrant, would drive through the Northwood section of the borough late Dec. 22, police said. The officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of Williams' truck around 9 p.m. and pulled the truck over, police said.

Sitting in the truck bed, along with two TVs and a Christmas tree sign, were signs belonging to the Hopatcong and Hardyston police departments, two mile-markers, a yellow 25 mph sign and a white 35 mph sign, police said.

Williams said the signs were his and that he received them from his friend, who is currently in state prison, more than a year ago, police said. They said Williams told police he didn't question where his friend got them and was planning to move the signs to his new Hamburg home that night.

Williams was arrested on the $850 warrant, police said, and was charged with receiving stolen property. Williams made bail and was released, police said.

For questions on this report, email brendan@patch.com.

Rich Smith January 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What the heck was he going to do with street signs??
Bill February 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Maybe was thinking about founding his own town and figured he'd save money on street signs....

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