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Officials concerned with theft of signs

Monday, October 17, 2011

Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce
Officials with the Brazil City Police Department (BCPD) have been dealing with a few extra thefts in recent days.

On Monday, BCPD Chief Larry Pierce informed The Brazil Times of the stealing of a handful of political signs.

"It's probably pranksters, I want to hope," Pierce said. "But usually, this happens this time of year because of Halloween."

Pierce said stealing or the moving of political signs is a crime, regardless if it is deemed a prank.

"We've had a couple of reports over the weekend," Pierce said. "We've already alerted our people to watch for this. But it's like soaping windows, if you're not there to see it."

According to Indiana Code 35-43-4, the "unauthorized removal of a political sign is prosecutable in Indiana as theft."

Theft, according to state code, is a Class D Felony.

Pierce said while some of the signs have been relocated, others have not.

"There is a value to each of those signs," Pierce said, adding most candidates purchase them.

Those witnessing the removal of political signs are urged to contact the police department at 446-2211.

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