The signs were valued at over $5,500 and when police found the stolen signs, Hoelzl had them neatly stacked and arranged. He'd been stealing and collecting signs over a period of 10 years, as he felt they were distracting to drivers.
Over that entire time, Hoelzl gave back only one sign.
On why he kept all of those signs Hoelzl told the court: "I suppose I thought in some future time I might use them."
You can watch the full video of Hoelzl explaining why he took the signs to a judge here.