Police find 30 stolen street signs, arrest Bristol man

Rain Smith • Oct 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Home decor is typically of no concern to police.

But when the "decorations" consist of 30 stolen street signs, two traffic barrels and two traffic cones, officers tend to take notice — and someone's likely heading to jail.

That's allegedly what happened to Daniel Cross, 20, of 221 Sinking Springs Road, Bristol, Tenn. A Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arrest report says police originally responded to a domestic incident at his girlfriend's home, also on Sinking Springs, at approximately 11:40 Saturday morning.

Cross reportedly said he had been arguing with the woman, who left the residence prior to the officer's arrival. Police then asked if they could enter the home to make sure no one was injured, finding broken dishes and glass in the hallway.

An officer also reportedly spotted street signs marked for Sullivan County roadways, while an orange traffic barrel and public works traffic cone were in a corner. Cross allegedly said a friend had given him the signs, naming the individual to the officer.

Additional signs had been nailed to walls in the home, according to police, while a pile of more signs were discovered under a child's bed. Cross allegedly stated other signs, along with an additional traffic barrel and traffic cone, were underneath the home.

According to the police report, Cross said he was going to decorate a room with the items, and didn't know it was illegal to possess them.

A total of 30 signs were located, all belonging to either the Sullivan County Highway Department or Tennessee Department of Transportation. The traffic barrels and cones are property of Bristol, Va., Public Works.

Cross was arrested and booked into the Sullivan County jail, charged with receiving or concealing stolen property. The signs were transported to the Highway Department to determine their value

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