Old Town Road Street Signs Keep Disappearing in Mass. Town

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Someone has taken their tools to the Old Town Road in Wellesley, Massachusetts, this spring and ridden off with a street sign — three times, officials said.

The road shares its name with the hit single by Lil Nas X. “Old Town Road” by the Georgia rapper has been at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 18 weeks, a new record, propelled in part by being deemed not country enough for Billboard’s country charts back in March.

Since the spring, a Wellesley Old Town Road street sign has been stolen three times, town officials said. The estimated cost of replacing the signs is roughly $250, including parts and manpower.

For now, town officials are not putting up a new sign, because they’re afraid someone will just steal it again. They’re hoping the hype dies down soon.

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“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,” Wellesley communications and project manager Stephanie Hawkinson told The Swellesley Report, which first reported on the thefts.

NBC10 Boston is reaching out to other Massachusetts communities with Old Town Roads.

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