WPD Sees Rise in Political Sign Thefts
TJ Leverentz | Sep 15, 2020 AT 10:43 am
(KWNO) With less than two months until the election, Winonan’s are proudly displaying their intentions at the ballot box in their front yards.
An increase in campaign signs has also led to an increase of sign thefts. Winona Police Chief Deputy Jay Rasmussen says police have responded to about a dozen sign thefts over the past two weeks.
Rasmussen advises anyone who sees someone stealing or vandalizing signs to call the police’s non-emergency number at 507-457-6302.
“If you can get a description of the person stealing it or a license plate if they get in a vehicle we will certainly follow up on it and do our best to hold them accountable and get the property back,” said Rasmussen.
Anyone convicted of stealing or vandalizing a sign could face jail time up to 90 days and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Rasmussen says the thefts haven’t trended towards a certain candidate or race for office.
Police say no one has been arrested and most reporting parties simply want the thefts documented. Rasmussen said an officer caught a group of individuals stealing a sign over the weekend but they put it back when the officer approached them.