Police: Uniontown man continually stole city signs, meters, flagpoles
By Liz Zemba
Published: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A Uniontown man whom police released when they found him carrying a street sign was discovered just five minutes later in possession of another sign, according to a police report.
Constables who went to the man's home a few hours later on an unrelated matter discovered more signs, a parking meter, a flag and a flagpole, police said.
Officer Frederick Kampert said he found Timothy Paul Jacobs, 21, of 54-A Pennsylvania Ave., walking near the intersection of South Gallatin Avenue and Church Street with a “No Parking” sign and an 8-foot signpost at 2:05 a.m. Wednesday. When Jacobs told Kampert he found the sign on the ground, Kampert took the items and told Jacobs to notify police the next time he finds a broken sign.
Less than five minutes later, Kampert said, he found Jacobs carrying a “No Parking — Load Zone” sign and pole on Jefferson Street. The pole had fresh dirt at the base and appeared to have been recently pulled from the ground.
Kampert took Jacobs into custody and placed the sign in the trunk of his patrol car. At the police station, Jacobs acknowledged he had taken the sign, according to police.
“Jacobs stated he didn't know why he really did it, just when drinking, he does stupid things,” Kampert said.
Several hours later, two constables serving Jacobs with a warrant at his apartment on an unrelated matter called police when they noticed city property at the residence. The officer who responded, Sgt. Wayne Brown, said in a report he found two stop signs hanging on a wall, a city parking meter, a flagpole and a U.S. flag in the apartment.
“Jacobs stated that he had stolen the items from the city streets over the past six months,” Brown said in the report.
The constables took Jacobs into custody on the warrant and the city property was taken into evidence, Brown said.
Police will contact American Legion Post 51 in Uniontown to determine ownership of the flag and pole, according to the report.
Police said criminal charges are pending, but none had been filed Wednesday.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media.
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