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Four charged in road sign theft

John Thompson • Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 10:41 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Four people were arrested Friday on charges of stealing 46 road signs.

Deputy Jared Cook of the Carter County Sheriff's Department said he responded to a complaint that occupants in a gold-colored Honda Civic were attempting to take the signs at the intersection of Siam Road and Clover Branch Road. Cook said they were not successful in taking those signs because they had been confronted by a neighbor who had called 911.

Cook said that he began searching for the Honda when he heard a car matching the description had just been stopped by Carter County Constable Harvey Schaeffer.

Cook went to the location of the traffic stop and found a Honda Civic with four people in it. He identified them as Autumn Williams, 229 Bishop Hollow Road; Kelvin Bradley, 216 Dry Branch Road; Max Myer, 1110 Berry Road; and Luke Walker, 1308 W. Market St., Johnson City.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and the officers reported finding 46 road signs in the back seat. Cook said the signs were the property of the Carter County Highway Department. He said the department valued the signs at $50 each, for a total value of $2,300.

Meyer was arraigned in Sessions Court on Monday. He was appointed a public defender and Judge Keith Bowers Jr. set his next court date for April 11.

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