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Mayor Accused Of Stealing 111 Road Signs

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Frank Moracco, the mayor of Frankfort Village, New York, is accused of stealing 111 road signs from the New York State Depart
Frank Moracco, the mayor of Frankfort Village, New York, is accused of stealing 111 road signs from the New York State Department of Transportation and giving them to the city's street department.

Apparently, no one saw the signs.

A mayor in upstate New York is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing 111 road signs from the state's Department of Transportation, according to WKTV.com.

New York State Police arrested Frank Moracco Monday on charges of misconduct and petit larceny.

Both charges are Class "A" misdemeanors, according to CNYCentral.com.

Moracco, 60, has served as the mayor of Frankfort Village since 2004, and has worked as a sign shop foreman for the state's Department of Transportation since 2001, Syracuse.com reports.

Police started investigating Moracco in July of 2015 after getting a tip from someone in the town, New York State Police spokesman Jack Keller told The Huffington Post.

The said he took 111 road signs made at the shop and gave them to the Village of Frankfort Street Department, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

"There were a variety of signs, including yield and stop signs," Keller told HuffPost. "A village usually has to apply to get signs and then pay a fee. [Moracco] bypassed that process."

 

Moracco was issued an appearance ticket for the charges and is due in Frankfort Town Court May 3.

It is unknown what has happened to the road signs allegedly stolen by Moracco. Neither he, the Frankfort Village Street Department nor the New York State Police have responded to inquiries from HuffPost.

Frankfort Village clerk Karlee Tamburro told the Observer-Dispatch that the village has no comment on the situation, but that Moracco will continue to serve as mayor.

UPDATE: This version of this story adds quotes from New York State Police spokesman Jack Keller.

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