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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is hoping social media will help them stop thieves who are stealing highway signs.

Over the weekend, the department posted on Twitter, "ODOT asks for your help in catching highway sign thieves. Call OHP at *55 or local police to report any suspicious activity."

Spokesperson Cole Hackett said in some cases, signs have been stolen from highways after they were knocked down by vehicles.

However, some thieves are going the extra mile to get the decoration.

Near the S.E. 15th St. exit on eastbound I-40 in Midwest City, Hackett said someone managed to saw through a sign's metal pole.

Apparently, they fled the scene before finishing the job.

Drivers can also alert ODOT to missing or damaged signs in the Oklahoma City metro area by calling (405) 231-4368.

The theft of highway and interstate signs not only costs taxpayer money; it also creates a safety hazard as the signs are designed to inform and direct motorists with vital information.