MEXICO — At least a dozen directional trail signs have been stolen or destroyed on ATV trails in Mexico and Roxbury.
Mexico police Lt. Roy Hodsdon said the discoveries were made when police patrolled more than 120 miles of trails Friday and Sunday last week.
The special patrols are funded by a $2,500 grant from the Department of Inland and Fisheries and Wildlife.
“People who aren't familiar with the trails can get lost,” Hodsdon said, if there are no signs.
During last week's special patrols, he said more than three dozen ATVs or dirt bikes were met on the trails. No serious infractions were discovered, although a few were warned to stay on the trails.
The grant will cover special patrols until the end of July. He said he plans to apply for another one.
He said the trail signs will likely be replaced within the next week or so.
Since June 13, Mexico police officers have responded to 24 complaints.
Among them are:
* Circle K convenience store, formerly known as Food Trend, reported at 5:05 p.m. June 16 that someone had driven off without paying $29 for gasoline.
* A Parker Street resident reported the theft of his 30-30 rifle, valued at $300, at 8:52 p.m. June 13. The rifle was turned in to the Mexico Police Department. Charges are pending.
* A Main Street resident reported the theft of a set of moose antlers from his garage at 7:33 p.m. June 13. A witness recognized two boys from Granite Street who entered the garage and reported their names to the owner. The antlers were returned. Theft charges against the boys are pending.
* A Harlow Hill resident reported the theft of her grandson's bicycle, valued at $100, from her porch at 4:15 p.m. June 13.