Campaign Signs Stolen and Destroyed in Harford County

One Juvenile and Seven Adults Arrested

(Bel Air, Md. – August 15, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft and malicious destruction of property of campaign signs in the Fountain Green area of the county. The crime was reported to the Sheriff’s Office at approximately 6:56 a.m. this morning.

Campaign signs were removed from various locations along Rt. 543, Rt. 22, Rt. 155 and Prospect Mill Road. The signs were then taken to the Stone Ridge development off Rt. 543 where they were thrown into a pond. Nearly 300 signs belonging to various local candidates for the office of County Executive, County Council President, County Council, Sheriff and House of Delegates were among those damaged or destroyed.

A motor for a pump which operates a fountain in the pond was damaged as a result of the signs being discarded in the water.

Following an extensive investigation by the Patrol Services Bureau and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Office, one juvenile and seven adults were identified as those responsible for the crime. All eight individuals face charges of theft over $500 and malicious destruction of property.

Damage to the various candidates’ campaign signs is estimated in the thousands of dollars.

Names of the adults will be released once they have been arraigned before a district court commissioner later this evening.