I haven’t done a story on sign stealing, but it certainly is happening. I should have taken a photo last week of the missing Mike Mahon sign between the Keith Nygren and Sally Wiggins signs on the northeast corner of the Crystal Lake Blacktop and Hillside Road.
But I didn’t. Just imagine the image, please.
Here’s Joe Walsh’s press release:
Joe Walsh Signs stolen by Bean Operative from Maryland Democratic Party
At approximately 11:30 PM last night, an automobile registered in Maryland, was involved in the alleged theft of Joe Walsh for Congress campaign signs in Hainesville, Illinois.
The theft occurred at the intersection of Illinois Route 120 and Illinois Route 134.
Steve Tucker, a volunteer in the Joe Walsh for Congress campaign, and another volunteer, were sitting in a car at the 7-11 gas station across the street, and observed the passenger of a car with Maryland License Plate (8 MD 1526) remove three Joe Walsh for Congress campaign signs from the shoulder of the road and replace them with campaign signs for Melissa Bean.
The getaway car was registered with a specialty license plate issued by the State of Maryland for the Maryland Democratic Party.
Tucker was able to begin recording video of the theft as he pulled up behind the automobile.
After Tucker confronted the passenger about the theft, the woman driving the getaway car could clearly be heard on the video yelling “Get in the car, quick”.
The video has been released on www.YouTube.com and is titled “Joe Walsh Sign Theft”.
A Police report was immediately filed with the Grayslake Police Department by the Walsh volunteers, and the three Melissa Bean campaign signs that were placed along Illinois Route 120 by the passenger in the automobile were retained as physical evidence by the Grayslake Police Department.
The video is also being reviewed.
Criminal charges are pending.
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So, this Walsh volunteer is a man after my own heart.
Take your camera. Never can tell when there will be a story right in front of you.
I looked here for the license plate type, but couldn’t find it.
I looked here and couldn’t find it. Maryland has a lot of different plates.
Then I looked at a link sent with the press release.
The “MD” doesn’t stand for “Maryland” or “Medical Doctor.” It seems to stand for “Maryland Democrat.”