Four Nabbed in County Road Sign Thefts

February 18, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Austin Blake Cantrell
Tristen Lee Vanatta

Two adults and two minors accused of stealing county road signs as well as a sign from a local business will soon be making a court appearance.

18 year old Austin Blake Cantrell of Carter Drive, Smithville and 18 year old Tristen Lee Vanatta of Jacobs Pillar Road are each charged with two counts of theft. Bond for each is $3,000 and they will make a court appearance on March 1. Juvenile petitions have also been taken against two minors, both age 17, accusing them of committing a delinquent act. The minors will appear in Juvenile Court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that in November Cantrell, Vanatta, and the two minors allegedly took several county road signs and a business sign with a combined total value of $700. They admitted to having taken the signs.

The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.

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