LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who stole Trump Pence campaign signs along Route 208 near Dickinson’s Store. He is also suspected of stealing signs near the Food Lion on Kentucky Springs Road.
The sheriff’s office said the unidentified man is not the only culprit. Det. Chuck Love said in addition to that incident, two people are facing charges for another case of sign-stealing. He said a third case is also being investigated.
Det. Love told 8News that victims of the crime are now installing cameras to catch the suspects in action. “Apparently they’re putting game cameras and different type of video cameras on their campaign signs because of this becoming such an issues,” Love said.
Some of the signs that were taken from the private property at the intersection of Route 208 and Route 522 have now been replaced. They belong to the Louisa County Republican Committee.
Chairperson Robin Horne told 8News reporter Laura Perrot over the phone it is, “incredibly frustrating that people are triggered over a sign.”
“This is causing a lot of problems and frustrations for everybody,” said Lora Lam, an employee at Dickinson’s Store on Route 522 near where signs were taken. “Democrats have theirs up, the republicans have theirs up, so just let it be,” she added.
Love echoed that. “It’s not going to change the outcome of an election, so just let it be,” he said.
In Virginia, the theft of political yard signs can be charged as a class one misdemeanor. These charges can results in a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail.
Anyone with information on this case should call the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office at 540-967-1234.