Police: Group caused $13,000 damage to sign, decorative rocks

May 14, 2018

Police are seeking information on a group of people who they say damaged an Angola sign while standing on it.

Police went to Angola by the Bay after receiving a report May 11 of damage to the development sign, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. 

A security camera took images of a group getting out of a white Suburban, and then posing on top of the Angola by the Bay sign. A time stamp on the images says April 21; Jaffe said development officials contacted police May 11 after an insurance company told them to file a police report.

The top of the sign was completely cracked, from one end to the other, and it had been tilted to one side, she said. 

“The wood needs to be completely replaced for the entire sign so you're looking at lumber, labor, paint, cost for the delivery driver, cost for coming out for the estimate, and other materials that go into a sign that size,” Jaffe said. “The victim advised the sign could cost anywhere from $7,500 to $13,000 depending on damage to it as a whole.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Troop 7 Trooper Bailey at 302-644-5020. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or at