Police: Mother watches as man arrested for stealing street signs

SEATTLE -- A Seattle woman came out of her house early Wednesday morning just in time to find officers arresting her 19-year-old son for stealing a handful of street signs, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, a witness called 911 around 3:15 a.m. to report the suspect unbolting traffic signs near Northeast 69th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. Officers arrived to find the suspect and a telltale stop sign in his front yard a block away.

The suspect's mother came out of the house just as her son was explaining to officers he'd been out drinking with friends and thought it would be cool to steal some street signs, according to police. In addition to the stop sign, the suspect reportedly admitted to stealing two one-way signs and a no-parking sign.

Officers arrested the suspect but released him to his mother after a stern lecture.