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Police search for election sign thief in Clawson

Posted at 9:05 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 21:05:21-04

CLAWSON, Mich. (WXYZ) — We are a little more than four weeks always from Election Day. A sure sign this election season is contentious is when thieves target political signs.

In Clawson, there have been at least five incidents of political signs being stolen and one case of harassment.

Detective Sgt. Kellie Bauss said, “Screaming vulgarities at her due to her signs.”

One common factor, the homeowners all had signs supporting President Trump. Two incidents were caught on camera.

In one case, you can see a masked man getting out of his car, grabbing a sign, and driving off. In another, a woman takes the sign and throws in on the lawn.

“Ughh that’s pathetic, really,” said Nick Kaczmar.

He had his Trump sign up for four hours before it was stolen last week. His camera didn’t catch the thief in action but his neighbor saw what happened.

Nick has replaced the sign and put it in clear view of his Ring camera.

“I had reservations about putting it up, but I didn’t think it would take literally four hours to disappear and that’s just sad.”

Neighbor Anna Cullen said, “I had it up to here with this political crap that’s going on.”

Anna isn’t the only one. She and other neighbors prefer to voice their support at the voting booth rather than on their block, no matter which political side they lean towards.

“People might be a little apprehensive about retaliation, or whatever, something happening,” she added.

With this many incidents, Clawson police posted a ‘Sticky Fingers’ chart on Facebook.

Police don’t have much of a description of the suspects other than a white man in a dark-colored SUV and a blonde woman in a white sedan. Both are in their late teens or early 20s.

Police want to catch the thieves before this misdemeanor turns into something far worse.

“We do fear that there is a potential for something like this to escalate,” Detective Sgt. Kellie Bauss added.

If caught the suspects could face more than 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.