51-year old John F. Walsh of 18,220 West Northwest Highway in Woodstock was arrested by Crystal Lake Police yesterday afternoon for stealing a four by six foot sign supporting Patrick Kenneally’s campaign.
Lake in the Hills Police were involved as well as Walsh was questioned by them at the Illinois State Bank parking lot.
The incident took place at the intersection of Rakow and Pyott Roads, apparently in Crystal Lake.
The police report says he is unemployed.
I have seen the Lake in the Hills Police Report.
(The Crystal Lake report is not ready yet.)
The Lake in the Hills police report is fascinating.
At 11:30 Tuesday morning, a local citizen identified as a Patrick Kenneally supporter, told the LITH Police that he saw the sign in question.
It was in good shape.
At 1:43, the supporter saw a green vehicle with a trailer attached.
Since the supporter had heard Kenneally signs were being stolen throughout the county, so was alert to that possibility.
When the citizen saw stopped and confronted the man, asking why he was taking the sign.
The man, John [Walsh] said that he was taking the sign back to the republican headquarters because it was damaged.”
The citizen told him the sign was “definitely not damaged.”
An argument ensued.
The citizen took the sign, which was strapped to the trailer, putting it in the back of his pickup truck.
He then followed Walsh south on Pyott Road and called the Lake in the Hills Police Department.
The Lake in the Hills Policeman found Walsh at the Algonquin State Bank parking lot.
Here’s what the policeman wrote about his questioning of Walsh:
“I spoke with John who told me that [he] has been unemployed for the past few weeks and volunteered to drive around McHenry County and check for damaged or vandalized campaign signs.
“After he finds them, he either fixes them or takes them back to the Republican Headquarters.
“Unfortunately, John was unable to tell me the location of that headquarters or who had authorized him to repair the signs.
“As I continued to question him, John brought up the names of various candidates and implied that they knew who he was and they would vouch for him.
“I did speak with several candidates but no one other than Brent Kendrick had ever heard of John Walsh. Mr. Kendrick did say that the last time he spoke with John was about five years ago at a wedding.”
At this point, McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally arrived.
He is listed on the report as the “victim.”
Kenneally explained that the rebar that his campaign used had green tape attached. One of the rebars on the trailer had green tape, the policeman noted in his report.
Next in the report was the policeman’s observation there were “numerous 2X2 foot red ‘Dan Regna’ campaign sign[s] which looked unused.”
The report continued,
“John told me that his daughters had assembled the signs and he was going to deliver them to the same Republican headquarters as the Kenneally sign. As previously noted John had no idea where that headquarters was located.”
Then, it was determined that the sign that was taken down by Walsh had been located in Crystal Lake .
A police officer came from Crystal Lake and arrested Walsh for theft.
When I emailed Kenneally’s opponent, Dan Regna, asking him if John Walsh worked for him, Regna replied,
“He does not work for me.”