York-Poquoson Sheriff warns against stealing campaign yard signs

YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — Political signs are being snatched from along roadways in the York Country region, according to officials.

York-Poquoson Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs says the Randy Forbes campaign reached out to investigators last week, reporting that signs were being vandalized and cut from their posts.

“This week it seems to have escalated,” Diggs told 10 On Your Side.

Recently, signs have been stolen. Some have even been taken from residential yards.

“Most of the concern is the big signs… they can run $50, $75 a piece,” according to Diggs.

Investigators want to warn the public that these actions are criminal.

If someone is caught stealing more than $200 worth in signs, he or she could be charged with grand larceny, which is a felony.

“Not only are you stealing, you’re infringing on free speech,” Diggs told 10 On Your Side. “Everybody should have the opportunity to be heard, no matter who you’re supporting.”

Diggs said these types of thefts are seen with every election cycle. He said that some citizens have reported signs being placed on personal property, without permission.

In that case, “you’re within your right to remove that sign and discard it.”

Anyone who has information about signs being stolen is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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