As Election Day draws near and the debate on who should be elected intensifies, some people will resort to anything for the political edge. Local theft of campaign signs supporting a candidate or measure is not uncommon during any election, whether it’s at the local, state or federal level, said Glendora Police Lt. Brian Summers.
Glendora police has received dozens of calls reporting the loss of political signs from both public and private property, including an incident Saturday where two residents on Valley Center Drive reported their signs missing.
The consequences of stealing signs can include a large fine or even jail time. Stealing signs is a misdemeanor of petty theft and can carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine or imprisonment of up to six months, said Summers.
“Citizens are urged to call the police immediately if they observe someone stealing or vandalizing signs,” said Summers.
According to Summers, the city may also remove political signs that are posted in violation of local ordinance, such as signs placed on center medians, light poles or parkways within five feet of the curb line.
Owners of signs removed from public property by the city may claim them at City Hall.