Justin Bieber Sign-Napping Case Closed!

Group of boys admit to taking off with sign that had been erected in the singer's honor after they inadvertently broke it off its pole

By Peter Gicas Aug 19, 2011 8:05 PMTags
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Let's all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

We are happy to report that the street sign that had been erected in honor of Justin Bieber in Forney, Texas, on Wednesday, but then went missing hours later, has been returned.

Of course, no one is more relieved than the young girl who initially made it all happen.

As you may or may not have heard, 11-year-old Caroline Gonzalez had been named "mayor for a day" in her small town near Dallas after winning a contest designed to spark government interest in young people. Her first order of business, naturally, was to give her favorite teen heartthrob his very own street.

But, soon after its unveiling during a ceremony on Wednesday, it disappeared.

So, what happened?

Well, Brian Brooks, the city manager for Forney, tells E! News that a group of boys inadvertently tore the sign off its pole while hanging from it and ended up running away with the sign in a moment of panic. The boys actually ended up bringing it back to the police department and explaining what had occurred.

Prior to it being turned in, however, a replacement sign had already been erected Thursday afternoon and is expected (hopefully!) to stay right where it belongs through the weekend.

So far no charges have been filed against the kid scofflaws.

Naturally, the next step is to get Bieber himself to swing by and there's already a "Bring Justin Bieber to Forney" Facebook page established.

Here's hoping nobody ends up taking him if he decides to visit.