Man charged with possession of stolen signs

FRONT ROYAL – A town resident has been charged with possession of stolen property after federal and local law enforcement officials discovered 30 street signs in his basement bedroom.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said in a written statement that the signs were returned to county officials, the signs’ official owners.

McEathron said the defendant, Tristan A. Stone, 19, was arrested Saturday, about two weeks after authorities served an arrest warrant at 266 Grove Farm Road, the residence Stone shared with a man who was the subject of the arrest warrant.

Authorities say members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Warren County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant on Corey Mercado, 20, who was wanted for an offense allegedly committed in Georgia.

Stone turned himself in on Sunday at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. He has since been released on $5,000 signature bond.

McEathron said Stone was told during the investigation that a warrant for his arrest would be issued soon.

“He knew that a warrant would be issued,” McEathron said of Stone. “He became aware of it, and he turned himself in.”

McEathron said he didn’t know how long ago the signs were taken.

Assistant County Attorney Dan Whitten said the signs had been missing “for a long period of time.”

“The county is requesting restitution for the value of the signs,” Whitten added.

A criminal complaint filed in Warren County General District Court states that it will cost $5,432 to replace all the signs – $187.34 each.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com