Local trustee candidate charged with stealing signs in Oakland County

Posted at 11:22 PM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 23:22:37-04

BLOOMFIELD TWP, Mich. (WXYZ) — A local candidate running for political office is now facing a criminal charge of allegedly stealing signs of his rivals. That trustee candidate in Bloomfield Twp. is accused of stealing 50-60 campaign signs in the area of Long Lake and Telegraph Rd.

Oakland County prosecutors say Republican trustee candidate Donn Valente, who is also an attorney, stole an estimated $200 worth of campaign signs during the recent primary election. Valente did not immediately answer our calls or come to the door during a visit from us.

According to 48th District Court records, the signs allegedly stolen were for other township candidates, some of which are fellow Republican party members.

“It’s embarrassing for the township to have a candidate like this, and for the residents to have to hear about it.” said trustee Neal Barnett, who is an alleged victim.

Valente currently faces up to 93 days in jail if convicted and/or a $500 fine. He’s currently free on $10,000 personal bond.

Later Sunday night, we did get a call from candidate Don Valente, telling us his attorney would speak with us. So far, we haven’t heard from them.