Authorities warn against stealing, defacing signs
January 28, 2014, 6:00 pm by Lance Reaves
Although campaign signs reported stolen during the thick of an election season is nothing new, law enforcement officials in Llano County are still reminding citizens the penalties for such an offense.
Stealing these signs is considered a type of theft, according to Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn. In Texas, this crime is classified as a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $2,000 and possible jail time, he said.
"It’s just like any theft, if you see someone steal it from you, gather all the information you can and call law enforcement,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn said defacing or destroying political signs is classified as Criminal Mischief, also a Class B Misdemeanor. The sheriff said the best option is to report the suspected criminal activity to authorities.
"If it gets to be a real problem, [candidates] could always set up a camera and catch somebody moving the signs,” Blackburn said.
Linda Ballard, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace candidate, said she has had two signs in the Golden Beach subdivision of Buchanan Dam defaced in the past week.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal.
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