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DECATUR — When a Decatur man’s 9-foot-long, 5-feet-high metal sign reading “Fish on the Go” up and went, police say the sign owner turned detective and soon found it.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said the sign was discovered stolen from the owner’s property in the 1200 block of North Edward Street on Monday.

The owner went off in search of the black and white sign, valued at $600, and tracked it down Tuesday within 24 hours of its theft: The sign had been taken to a business in the 1900 block of North Water Street and sold as scrap metal.

Police were called and soon traced the sign seller who was identified as a 5-feet, 2-inch, 56-year-old Decatur man known as “Shorty.” Police said he has previous convictions for scrap metal theft and has now been booked on a new preliminary charge of theft; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

When confronted by police, the affidavit said the man admitted to taking the sign but claimed the owner had given him permission to remove it. The main remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of posting $20,000 bond.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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