I hope you love your mother, some don't

What about someone removing a stop sign from an intersection to put up in their playroom or den?
You know the rest of the story, someone t-bones a car at the cross streets and 2 or 3 people are killed.
Then someone had seen the license plate of the sign thief and reports it to the police!
The sign thief better have a good expensive lawyer?
I know this is old but a case like this happened near me years ago