Police: Political signs damaged, stolen from yards

Posted: October 27, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — City police have received complaints from residents about theft or damage to political signs on their property, according to a Friday media release.

With the Nov. 6 presidential election just over a week away, police spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said officers have received reports of stolen signs involving both candidates — Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

They include an undisclosed number of Romney signs reported taken Thursday night from the Meadow Branch community.

According to the media release, if someone is caught stealing a political sign from private property, he or she could be charged with petty larceny. Anyone caught vandalizing a political sign could be charged with vandalism.

Both charges are Class 1 misdemeanors, and the penalities could include a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail.

City residents should report any suspicious activity to police by calling the non-emergency phone line at 540-662-4131.

— Contact Melissa Boughton atmboughton@ winchesterstar.com