ST. JAMES — It looks like Watonwan County has a mystery for Shaggy and Scooby.
In the last month about nearly three dozen 420th Street signs have been token — um, taken — from alongside the road by unknown persons, said Watonwan County Chief Deputy Jeremy Nachreiner.
"It looks like they hit about eight different intersections," Nachreiner said. "We'd certainly like some help finding out who did it because it equals up to about $1,120 that the county will have to pay."
The number 420 is used as code for marijuana. It makes sense why someone might think it's funny to collect signs bearing the infamous number, but the missings signs can cause problems for emergency responders and anyone else trying to navigate the county, Nachreiner said.
Signs with "420" written on them are such popular targets for theft that all of the signs along 420th Street in Goodhue County in southeastern Minnesota had to be changed a couple of years ago, said county office manager Julie Huneke.
"The signs now say 42X," Huneke said. "We haven't had to replace any in quite a while."
Nachreiner said his county will need to replace all of the missing signs and many of the signposts, which cost $60 each, along with paying for the labor hours needed to install them.
The street runs from east to west in the southern portion of the county.
Anyone with possible information about the missing signs is asked to call 507-375-3121. Tipsters can remain anonymous.