LEICESTER, Mass. — The Leicester Police Department is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of pedestrian markers around town.
"Both of the markers have been stolen from Paxton Street, and from Harberton Drive and Winslow Ave, and this is the third year in a row they've been stolen," said Leicester Police Chief Jim Hurley, who explained that at $257 apiece the department cannot afford to keep replacing them.
"We're asking for the public's help, because those are placed up there as a safety precaution for everyone," he said. "It's also a high volume crossing spot with kids going to the school."
The chief asks residents with any knowledge of who is responsible for the theft or where the markers are to contact the department by calling 508-892-7010, ext. 7 for the crime tip hot-line.
"That's $257 of the taxpayers' money that's been stolen, not to mention the decrease in public safety that we experience," he said. "People see those signs down the road and have to slow down to go by them, but now they're gone. It's discouraging because we put them out every year, and every year they get stolen."