Stolen Signs Prompt Creativity

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Local political parties on both sides of the aisle are spending time and money to replace stolen signs.

Brazos County republicans say they've had around 15 people come into their party headquarters this week, trying to replace stolen signs.

Down the road, Brazos County democrats have a few extra signs at their headquarters.

"Someone has written on the top of it, 'for every sign stolen I'm going to donate $100 to the cause'," said Brazos County Democratic Party Chairperson Maggie Charleton of a stolen sign she recovered.

Signs like that one were taken from yards earlier this week, and moved to a College Station yard as a prank.

"It was seriously a lot of signs. They were all like up in our chairs like in each one, set in each one so that people could see right away when they pulled up," said Ryan Byrne.

Byrne lives with five other college roommates, one of whom is a staunch conservative.

"The joke was on him and we all had a good laugh about it," said Byrne.

He and his roommates have a new McCain/ Palin sign now.

Brent Vinson has a new one too. His signs were stolen the same night of the prank.

"This actually is one I got back from the democratic office. Someone called 'em and had thrown a whole bunch of them in the yard and they picked 'em up," said Vinson.

He says it's the third time his signs have been stolen recently.

"Right now I'm taking them up at night," said Vinson.

As for the bigger ones, Vinson says he'll just make those harder to steal.

"It was a sheet metal stake. Should have got a heavier stake. It will be next time," said Vinson.

People in the County Democrat office, have another idea: Vasoline.

"Front and back and up and down the stakes so people can't get ahold of them to pull them up," said Charleton.

A trick up the sleeve, for when politics gets dirty.

"You can take our signs. You're not going to keep us from voting," said Charleton.

College Station Police say they've received several reports of stolen signs, including nine this week.

Police in Bryan say they've only had one the entire month, and three in September.

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