BEVERLY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A city on the north shore is dealing with a bizarre theft along its natural passages.
The Beverly Open Space & Recreation Committee works to “acquire and preserve land and ecosystems within Beverly,” according to their website. However, the organization has been dealing with a strange string of thefts that are inhibiting them from giving people safe pathways for outdoor recreation.
A few years ago, the committee used some of its money to upgrade trail markers. Now nearly half of those markers have been mysteriously taken down.
“Probably like 25% of the trail markers were down,” said Committee Chair David-Alden St. Pierre. “When I went out there to replace them, I found probably about another ten or so that were also missing.”
The signs are about seven feet off the ground so St. Pierre believes whoever stole the signs must have put in a lot of effort.
“I don’t understand the motivation for someone to do that other than trying to be annoying,” St. Pierre said.
While the markers are made from cheap plastic, they do let hikers know where they are and provide emergency responders directions in case someone gets hurt.
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