SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A local man is facing felony charges for stolen Suffolk street signs.
On Wednesday, 24-year-old Aaron Edward Odom was arrested and charged with receiving stolen goods.
“The gentleman was actually charged with possession of stolen property, so that makes him just as culpable as the person who essentially had stolen the property,” Suffolk police spokeswoman Diana Klink said. “Since he knew that the items had been stolen, he is the one being prosecuted for the theft of those items.”
According to a press release by Klink, around 6:41 a.m. Wednesday, an officer was dispatched to the 9100 block of South Quay Road. He and a single engine from Suffolk Fire-Rescue responded to a residence there, due to a fire in the backyard. Klink said the fire had been started earlier to burn trash, but had gotten out of control.
After the fire had been extinguished, two street signs belonging to Suffolk Public Works – Traffic Engineering were discovered in a scrap pile at the residence. Although the two street signs are valued at about $200, there is an additional cost to replace them.
“ … the additional manpower going out and replacing signage, the additional expense and when you get right down to it the bottom line, it’s the taxpayer responsible for making sure that those signs do get replaced,” Klink said.
Officials say the signs found on South Quay Road seem to have been there a long time. They say it’s not uncommon for signs to be stolen, but they want residents to help cut down on costs by watching out for lawbreakers.
“Certainly, if residents do see property that they can identify as being city or public property, certainly notify the Suffolk Police Department,” Klink said.
Odom was released Wednesday from the Western Tidewater Regional Jail on a $1,000 bond. According to online court records, the suspect Aaron Odom is set to have an arraignment September 1.