Campaign signs dumped in Nags Head Woods
A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for stealing hundreds of campaign signs from roadsides in several northern beach towns.
The rash of stolen signs was first noticed on Saturday, Oct. 13.
By early Sunday, virtually all signs for President Barack Obama along U.S. 158 had been removed from Nags Head to milepost 2.5 in Kitty Hawk.
Most of the missing signs were along the east side of the highway, but many west side signs for the President were also gone.
According to a Kill Devil Hills Police Department news release, more signs from a variety of candidates were taken during the early morning hours Wednesday from the traffic circle adjacent to the First Flight football stadium, and along Veterans’s Drive between Colington Road and Baum Street.
A police officer located the signs later that morning scattered along Lake Ridge Court in Nags Head Woods.
The recovered signs belonged to candidates from all political parties and included national, state, and local candidates.
Signs were also missing from other sections of Colington Road, but campaign supporters were trying to determine if they had been removed by crews cutting grass along the shoulder of the road.
The release stated many of the signs have been returned to representatives of the candidate’s campaigns, while the rest are being kept safe at the department’s storage building and will be returned to any candidate or campaign upon request.
In an act of good sportsmanship, Dare County commissioner candidate and Kill Devil Hills town commissioner Bob Woodard delivered opponent Bob Muller’s recovered signs to his headquarters.
Muller, in a phone call with The Voice, expressed appreciation for the help from Woodard.
None of the signs were defaced or vandalized, however during transport and dumping some of the signs may have been slightly damaged, according to the statement.
Along with signs being stolen, stacking of signs in front of opposing candidates in some races has also been taking place.
The removal of a political campaign sign is a violation of N.C. General Statute 136-32 and is a class 3 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $200 fine, plus court costs of approximately $173, community service, probation, and possible incarceration up to 20 days.
Anyone with information on the thefts can contact the Kill Devil Hills Police Department at 252-449-5337, leave an anonymous tip with Dare Community Crime Line at 252-473-3111, or visit DareCommunityCrimeLine.org.
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