Cape Hatteras National Seashore asks for public’s help finding sign thieves

Some of the signs stolen recently in Buxton. [CHNS photo]

Someone’s been stealing signs and other Cape Hatteras National Seashore property over the last few weeks, and the National Park Service is asking for help locating the thieves.

“Cape Hatteras National Seashore employees have noticed that several signs have been taken from Buxton Beach Access and the beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse,” according to a post on Facebook.

Among the stolen items are a submerged hazard sign near the Buxton jetties, a reserved handicap parking sign, Dare County Community Crime Line sign, speed limit sign, no parking signs and other regulatory signs.

Signs for the Outer Banks Scenic Byway were also stolen from several locations earlier this year.

Additionally, decorative rope strung through parking bollards at new parking areas on Hatteras Island has been cut and stolen.

“An active law enforcement investigation is underway regarding these stolen signs and rope,” the Park Service said. “We are asking visitors and residents who may have been in the area to contact us if they happened to observe any suspicious activity or may have seen any social media posts related to the theft of these items.”

Submit tips to Mike Henry at or 252-475-9006.

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