'666' road sign thefts bedeviling roadways

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) - Someone keeps stealing the metal signs at
mile marker 66.6 along the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State
Parkway, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is having a devil of a time keeping up with the thefts.

It's been happening all over the country, particularly on roads with names like Route 666. Officials aren't sure if the thefts are being committed by religious zealots upset about the number's association in the Bible with the devil, by Satanic scavenger hunters, or by college students who think a '666' sign would look cool in their dorm room.

A few years ago, highway officials in Morris County, New Jersey,
couldn't keep signs for Route 666 on the poles, so they changed the
name of the road to Route 665.

A similar tactic might be in store for the Parkway and Turnpike mile markers, with replacement signs reading 66.61.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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