Obscene images spray-painted on 22 stop signs in Arab, officials say

The vandalism is costing the city money it didn’t expect to spend, and making others do work they didn’t expect to do.

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 5:30 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2018 3:57 PM

Obscene images have been found spray-painted on more than 20 stop signs in Arab.

Because of this, the City of Arab is having to come up with the money, time, and manpower to replace the signs.

WAAY 31 talked to Arab city officials and residents about how big of an impact this crime has had on the city.

“That certainly is disheartening; but it’s also, I think, a wake-up call that we need to pay more attention in passing on proper values to our children," said David Cavanaugh.

The vandalism is costing the city money it didn’t expect to spend, and making others do work they didn’t expect to do.

“In a small town, you know, we have limited resources that we can use, and we have to pull off of other jobs to go and replace these signs," said Rian Almond with the Arab Street Department. "You know, it’s a strain on us.”

Cavanaugh says whoever did it was missing something.

“Respect for people’s property, respect for public property.”

It costs the city about $40 to fix each sign. That's a total cost of about $900 the city could’ve used another way.

“We don’t know of a way to clean the images off, so we have to totally replace them," Almond said.

“Arab is not a very large community and, these days, everybody has to watch their pennies," Cavanaugh added.

And if the vandals are caught, Cavanaugh believes he might have a solution.

“What I would like to see is that they pay for it.”

City officials tell WAAY 31 they’re offering a $250 reward for any information that may lead to an arrest.

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