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By The Associated Press
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:45 a.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — So much for amnesty. The city of Morgantown says not a single West Virginia University student took advantage of a program allowing them to return stolen street signs without penalty.

Students often claim souvenirs of their college careers, and the practice has become expensive for the city.

It offered to accept signs with no questions asked. But as of Friday, only 16 signs were turned in — and all of them by landlords.

Assistant Public Works Director Lyle Matthews says they typically find them while cleaning out apartments at the end of the year.

Morgantown has experimented with different kinds of signs to deter theft.

Officials have settled on a stronger pole with supports several inches thick — instead of a thin, metal sign that's often pliable enough to remove.

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