A sheriff says a welcome sign has been stolen from the Outer Banks, North Carolina town

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North Carolina’s Outer Banks fans are not averse to stealing signs as souvenirs, and the town of Avon is the latest victim. Someone stole the welcome sign, officials say.

Dare County Sheriff’s Office photo

Outer Banks fans in North Carolina not above the theft of road signs as souvenirs, and the latest victim was the town of Avon.

The Avon welcome sign is gone “around July 30” according to a news release from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

A prominent sign – “Welcome to Avon, Historically Named Kinnakeet” – sat at the north end of town.

“This sign is approximately 6 (feet) by 4 (feet) and would have taken quite a bit to remove and steal as it was bolted to the posts that were left behind,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Any help in locating those who felt the need to take a token and a piece of history with them is greatly appreciated.”

Hatteras Island’s historic boatbuilding town sees it as more than just a welcome sign and wants to bring it back, officials say.

“This sign is part of letting those who come here know where they are, but also a little history lesson,” according to the sheriff’s office.

A similar theft of the sign was registered in June 2021, when v “Welcome to the Outer Banks” the sign south of Nags Head is gone. It was 4 feet tall and 8 feet long, according to McClatchy News.

News of the latest theft sparked hundreds of reactions and comments on social media, with some suggesting it could have been a prank and others requires a prison sentence for the guilty.

“Keep an eye on auctions, flea markets, and all the places where you can sell anything online.” one person wrote on the department’s Facebook page.

“Just look at social media. Someone’s going to be an idiot enough to write about it, or they’re going to take a picture of it on their house.” – said another.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history and a minor in geology.



A sheriff says a welcome sign has been stolen from the Outer Banks, North Carolina town

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