Stealing a sign for Sesame Street or Easy Street may seem like a harmless act, but local officials say the crime could be deadly.
Last week, firefighters and medics were called to a life-threatening emergency. Their arrival was hindered because someone had stolen the road sign.
"Butte-Silver Bow emergency responders would like to make a plea to those who are stealing the signs to stop immediately," wrote Jeff Miller, fire chief.
Police say sign theft is an ongoing issue. Generally, the same signs such as South Park and certain state names are targeted. Lately, vandals have been going after signs in rural areas.