Written by Denise Nash Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00
Over the past few months, approximately 15 of the gold finials that sit atop the street markers in the Village of Brookville have been stolen. Eleven of the hand-carved finials that were taken in the fall were replaced by gluing and nailing them into the street sign. Since that time, four more were stolen.
Additionally, the Welcome to Brookville sign on Route 107 at the southern entrance to the village across from St. Paul’s Church was stolen. The sign is valued at approximately $1,500. The posts and finials were saved but the sign needs to be replaced.
The theft is taking place throughout the village and is not concentrated in one area. According to Village Clerk Ellen Collins, after the deductible was paid, insurance money was used to fund the replacement.
According to Brookville Mayor Caroline Bazzini, this theft is grand larceny and offenders will be fully prosecuted.
“If anyone sees someone taking something from those signs, please try and get a license plate number or any information that you can and report it immediately to the police,” said Bazzini. “If enough people hear about this, they will be more aware and alert to the situation.”
Bazzini said in The Voice of the Village newsletter that the “loss of these items costs us money which could better purposed than replacing signage for which we have already paid.”