The municipality of Montélimar had certainly noticed regular disappearances of street name plates and road signs in recent months, but the services of the town hall doubtless did not suspect that one of their colleagues was hiding behind these degradations.
A municipal employee of Montélimar (Drôme) was placed in a psychiatric hospital on Friday August 12 for having stolen more than 400 objects related to roads and signage, according to France bleu Drôme Ardèche, which tells this story this Thursday.
Filmed by CCTV cameras in the parking lot of the Palais des Congrès, located in the city center, breaking the window of a car on Thursday August 11, the 55-year-old man was arrested by the municipal police.
In his car, the officers then found no parking signs stored.
By conducting a search of his home the next day, the police got their hands on "an incalculable number" of road signs in the Montilienne agglomeration, street name and registration plates and gray cards of vehicles, according to France bleu.
Unable to explain his motivations but having recognized the facts, the fifties, already followed for psychiatric disorders, was interned in a specialized environment.