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Man charged with theft of road signs
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A Smithville man faces four charges of theft after a sheriff’s department investigation concluded that he was responsible for the disappearance of several road signs around the county.Robert Karl May, 18, was charged with four counts of theft of property under $500 in the case, which involves the theft of signs belonging to the county, as well as the cities of Smithville, Dowelltown and Alexandria.Sheriff’s Department detectives investigating a rash of vanishing signs reportedly found them in an outbuilding on Allen Ferry Road on Jan. 9.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, the building belonged to May.May was allegedly in possession of signs from Indian Mound Road, Big Woods Road, Sink Creek Road, Lowery Road, Cordell Love Road, McGinnis Road, Herman Road, Creek Road, Peeled Chestnut Road, and Davis Road, which were all taken from the county.He was also found with Morgan Drive, Holmes Creek Road, Miller Road, and Golf Club Drive signs taken from the City of Smithville, a Bank Street sign from the City of Dowelltown and a Skyline Drive sign taken from the City of Alexandria. The signs are valued at $75 each.May’s bond totals $4,000 and he will be in court Feb. 9.A woman has been charged with vandalism after she allegedly broke windows out of a housing project unit in Liberty on Jan. 15.Robin Lee Keaton, 32, was arrested after reportedly admitting to the deputy dispatched to the scene that she was responsible. Two windows were broken at the residence, including one in the kitchen and one in the bedroom.Residents apparently told the officer that Keaton committed the vandalism, and when questioned she allegedly admitted to the acts.Bond for Keaton is $1,000 and she will be in court Feb. 9.In other news from the Sheriff’s Department, 24-year-old James Edward Gilles was charged with aggravated assault on Jan. 17.