Massachusetts town having trouble with people stealing their Old Town Rd road signs

Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X and the much-stolen Old Town Road sign (Photos via Instagram and Google Earth)

There’s a crime wave sweeping Wellesley, Massachusetts, and it’s all thanks to Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X.

And by crime wave I mean three road signs have been cut down and carted off, but still, the Department of Public Works in Wellesley, MA is trying to get the word out to folks in the area to kindly stop stealing their damn road signs.

See, the town has an actual Old Town Road and ever since Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ viral hit by the same name came out, the town has had at least three of the signs stolen. Now they’ve decided not to replace the sign until the song’s popularity dies out. Of course, the song’s been #1 on the charts for 18 weeks, so they may be waiting for a while.

Wellesley’s communication and project manager Stephanie Hawkinson knows that it’s just hooligans doing their thing, but it’s getting expensive. “The behavior is likely the work of individuals playing pranks, but it costs the town a lot of time and money to locate, repair — and where the signs and posts are damaged — replace, and reinstall the signs,” Hawkinson tells The Swellesley Report.

Then things get dark because Hawkinson points out the prank could also prove deadly if an ambulance or police officer wasn’t able to find the road because the sign is missing. “[It] could mean life or death for someone in need,” said Hawkinson. “I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s a very real and frightening possibility.”

According to The Swellesley Report, two other towns in the area, Holliston and Walpole, also have Old Town Roads of their own, but so far those towns aren’t spilling The Boston Baked Beans about any thefts of their own signs.

Okay, kids, don’t steal signs. That’s my public service announcement for the day.