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Highway robbery: road sign thefts leaves police baffled

In a mystery that would have stumped even Mulder and Scully, hundreds of apparently worthless road signs have been disappearing from highways in the south-west of England.
The Highways Agency first noticed that signs were missing last week. 'More than 150 have been taken - mostly, but not all, from roadworks along the A30 and A38,' said a spokesman.'The thieves seem to be driving along, stopping to take the signs and then driving on. More went on Thursday, Friday and the weekend,' he said'We suspect the gang will have moved on now.' The signs were taken from roadworks between Exeter and Penzance. Devon and Cornwall police suspect that the thieves are selling the signs on for scrap. Earlier last month 15, 40mph road signs were stolen from a locked store on the A38. '15 identical road signs were taken. They are made of aluminium, and the estimated value is £500,' said a police spokesman.The value of the signs stolen in the current crime-spree is thought to be much less, as the signs are not made from pure aluminium. If you think you know the culprits, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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