Starting last December, many of former President Bush’s soon-to-be Dallas neighbors purchased and displayed signs welcoming him to the neighborhood. But now the residents say they are being stolen. “This is our fourth ‘Welcome home George and Laura’ sign,” one homeowner said. “The first night that we had them out, they were in our front yard,” she said. “They were taken.” Texas Christian University sophomore Patrick Bibb, who is selling the signs, looks to be the big winner of the Bush sign theft ring:
Bibb, whose parents live in the Bush’s new neighborhood, started selling the $20 signs to help pay his tuition.
He said he originally ordered 100 signs and was initially worried about being able to sell them all. To date, he has sold 800 signs — and he said dozens of his customers are, like Lori Tucker, returning customers.
While no one could determine exactly why the signs were being stolen, Tucker “said she will continue to buy them because she feels strongly about welcoming the Bushes home.” Indeed, Bush reportedly “called Bibb to personally thank him for creating the signs.”