Every election cycle, reports of rampant political yard signs being stolen from homes throughout the area seem to crop up.
Police Chief Jeff Long tackled the issue of stolen political signs recently on his official city blog. In fact, Long said he recently found himself the victim of a stolen campaign sign.
Having the title of Chief of Police does not provide immunity to this crime. I had a political sign stolen out of my yard on a Saturday morning by a middle-aged man who pulled up in front of my house, took my sign and threw it in his back seat. Unfortunately, by the time I actually realized what he was doing, he was gone, never to be seen again.
Long said most people don't realize that stealing—or tampering with—a campaign sign is a crime. Offenders can be charged with theft, damage to property and trespassing.
For more information on what do to if your own yard signs go missing, check out Long's full post on the City of Edina's website.