Cape Hatteras National Seashore seeks assistance finding those responsible for theft of signs, rope

Published 5:21 pm Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials are seeking help from the public to find the person or persons responsible for stealing safety signs and other CHNS property.

“Over the last couple weeks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore employees have noticed that several signs have been taken from Buxton Beach Access and the beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse,” stated CHNS.

A submerged hazard sign (shown above) near the Buxton jetties was one of the signs taken. Others include a reserved handicap parking sign; Dare County Community Crime Line sign; an Outer Banks National Scenic Byway sign, which was stolen several months ago; speed limit sign; no parking signs and other regulatory signs.


Missing section of rope at the South Beach Road parking area. Courtesy CHNS

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Decorative rope strung through parking bollards at new parking areas on Hatteras Island has also been cut and stolen.

“An active law enforcement investigation is underway regarding these stolen signs and rope,” stated CHNS. “We are asking visitors and residents who may have been in the area to contact us if they happened to observe any suspicious activity or may have seen any social media posts related to the theft of these items.”

Tips should be submitted to Mike Henry at or 252-475-9006.