Brazos County Pct. 1 candidate admits to police he took campaign sign
Michael Schaefer told police he took a campaign sign belonging to County Commissioner Steve Aldrich.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Republican candidate for Brazos County Precinct 1 commissioner Michael Schaefer admitted to College Station police Friday that he was the man caught on camera taking a campaign sign belonging to his opponent Steve Aldrich.
Friday, CSPD detectives confirmed to KBTX that Schaefer admitted to taking the sign. Police said if the municipal court accepts the case, they could issue a summons charging him with theft of property, a Class C misdemeanor, because the cost of the sign is $100 or less.
Because he admitted to taking the sign after it happened, investigators are turning over their evidence to the College Station Municipal Court. If the court accepts the case, a summons will be issued and Schaefer will have to go before a judge.
Aldrich told KBTX he’s had several signs go missing over the last few months. He says he put up a game camera near a campaign sign on Rock Prairie Road because it was the sign he said goes missing most frequently. Earlier in the week, the camera caught a person taking his sign and Aldrich filed a report with College Station police about the theft.
KBTX was working on a story with Aldrich and Schaefer on Thursday about tampering with election signs that was set to run Friday evening. Schaefer said he’s also had thousands of dollars worth of signs go missing and the thefts were an infringement on people’s rights.
“Going onto their property and trespassing, and if not, stealing. I hope we can get to the bottom of it,” Schaefer said Thursday.
In an interview Friday evening, Schaefer told KBTX a supporter called him to remove the sign on Rock Prairie Road because it was “there without permission.” KBTX spoke with the property owner and the person living in the house on Friday. Both said that the Aldriches asked for permission to put the sign on their property.
“This is the Aldriches and their dirty politics and I’m not going to have anything for it. I demand an apology from the Aldriches,” Schaefer told KBTX. Schaefer’s campaign posted a comment on this story on the KBTX Facebook page.
When KBTX spoke with Aldrich Friday evening, he said the question was never about who was behind the thefts.
“It was never really about who, it was about, the question was about ‘this is happening and it shouldn’t be happening',” said Aldrich.
Schaefer gave similar comments in an interview with KBTX on Thursday where he said he’s lost thousands on stolen campaign signs.
Schaefer and Aldrich are facing off in the Texas Republican primary runoff election on July 14. Schaefer is running to unseat Aldrich on the county commissioners court. Aldrich has served in that role since 2017. Schaefer is the current College Station ISD school board president.
Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a fine up to $500 and have no jail time associated with this conviction.
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