ODESSA, Texas ( Big 2 / Fox 24) – With election day coming up,many residents in Ector County have been showing support for their candidates by putting up campaign signs. But there has been a mass increase of sign theft in Ector County these past couple of weeks.
Hannah Horick, chairman for the Ector County Democratic Party said she has seen many people coming to her office needing new campaign signs because some one stole them.
“The fact that someone came up close to your house in many occasions and took something of yours and either destroyed it or just drove off with it, that’s really hard for alot of people,” Horick said. ” I hate hearing that and I hate that we don’t have a better solution the only solution I have is to replace it, I can’t stop folks there’s limited ability to prosecute people even though it is theft.”
The Democratic Party has also been a target of sign theft themselves after a Joe Biden campaign banner was stolen off of the Pioneer Furniture building on south Grant Ave. just six days after being put up.
But local democrats aren’t the only ones with this problem. Tisha Crow, chairman fro the Ector County Republican Party said residents have coming by her office every day to replace their stolen campaign signs.
“They walk in the door and the first thing they say is I’ve got to replace my Trump signs, I had my Trump sign stolen out of the front yard or out of the bushes or out of the garden, where ever it might be, but they keep having the same issue,” Crow said.” We had the problem in 2016 with Trump signs and in 2018 with Cruz signs, but not as severely we’ve had at this point.”
While sign theft has been a massive problem, Steve Lesueur with Odessa Police said those who are caught will have consequences.
“It’s gonna be a class C misdemeanor, theft of property class C misdemeanor,” Lesueur said. ” As far as trespassing goes,it’s not trespassing goes unless there’s a sign in the front saying no trespassing.”
And for those who are stealing signs, both the parties hope the culprits picture themselves in their shoes.
” How would they feel if that were them?” , Crow said. ” I think that once someone thinks about it and says you know I would appreciate that myself sometimes it can make a difference in someone’s behavior.”