THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - The Thomas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a large number of street signs that were stolen from three different counties.
Investigators warn this is dangerous, and can result in serious charges.
More than 31 street signs are now piled up in the Thomas County Sheriff's Office after they were stolen over the weekend.
"This is nothing but a childish prank, children acting like children and doing stuff they should not do," said Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office received a few calls about social media posts online showing different Thomas county street signs that appeared to have been removed.
A few days later several teens were brought in for questioning.
"They came to the sheriff's office carrying multiple signs, road signs, stop signs, and brought them in. The investigation started tumbling from there."
"There was various stories for how they accidentally came into possessing these signs," said Jones.
But investigators said what seems like an immature prank can actually be very dangerous
The TCSO said Stop signs can be the most dangerous because drivers don't have a signal to stop at the intersection.
"Something simple to go on the wall could end up with them being charged with involuntary manslaughter," said Jones
It can also create difficulty for 911 operators who ask callers to give a location and have no signs to reference.
The signs were stolen from Thomas, Miller, and Brooks County.