AC/DC Street Sign Stolen Six Times In Two Years

Jason Dowling of Australia's reports that one of Melbourne, Australia's most famous street signs has also become its most stolen one.

In a little over two years, six have gone missing.

Lord Major John So put up the first sign in AC/DC Lane (photo), off Flinders Lane, sign in October 2004, to the sound of bagpipes playing "It's Long Way to the Top". But since then there have been many replacements, and with much less fanfare.

The value of the signs to the thieves is probably far greater than the $120 it costs to replace each one.

The AC/DC signs have become a much photographed Melbourne tourist attraction, and the Melbourne City Council is struggling to continually replace them. Acting Lord Mayor Gary Singer it was disappointing.

"We all love rock'n'roll, but these people are stealing from the City of Melbourne community," he said.

"Melbourne's ratepayers are footing the bill for each stolen sign — it is both selfish and illegal."

And it is not only AC/DC signs disappearing from the city's lanes and streets. A total of 523 signs — at a cost of more than $60,000 — have been replaced by the Melbourne City Council in the past three years because they have been damaged or gone missing.
Senior Constable Adam West said stealing a street sign was outright theft, and offenders faced court and possible imprisonment.


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