Tredyffrin Township police find more than 100 stolen political signs in dumpster

TREDYFFRIN TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Chester County Police are investigating after hundreds of missing political signs were found in a dumpster.

Tredyffrin Township Police say an Apple AirTag enabled them to trace reported missing political candidate signs to a shopping center in Block 200 of Swedesford Road.

Some of the victims say their mailboxes were smashed the same day their signs were lost.

“I had four signs on my property here,” said Arlene Talley, who says she was a victim twice.

Surveillance video from one of their neighbors shows the crime underway on September 28th. The video shows two people snatching political signs from a lawn, throwing them in their trunk and driving away.

“I knew other signs were being taken as well, and I looked around, drove around, and all the Republican signs are still there and it was just the Democratic signs,” Talley said.

“Unfortunately, we go through this in almost every election cycle,” said Lt. Tyler Moyer, who noted that while the crime is common, it is usually neither as extreme nor as one-sided.

“This year it seems to have gotten more buzz than other years, I think, because things are so politically volatile in the country,” he said.

The county’s Democratic chairman says it’s fortunate that one of the signs had an AirTag, otherwise they might never have been found.

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“Should I recommend it? It kind of saddens me to have to recommend it because why should we have to worry about people stealing from their property,” said Charlotte Valyo, chair of the Chester County Democratic Committee.

Republicans in Chester County say they’ve also been victims of sign theft.

Chairman Raffi Terzian said in a statement that he “condemns the theft and/or vandalism of campaign signs from private and public property and supports a full investigation by law enforcement to identify the perpetrators.”

Terzian said several of his group’s signs were stolen from across the district, although he didn’t know an exact number.

Talley says she’s worried the crime will escalate. That same night, her signs were stolen and her mailbox was also smashed

“Let’s play fair. We won’t take your signs. Let’s vote people by topic, not by sign,” she said.

Police say stealing signs from private property is a crime and offenders could face charges such as misdemeanor theft.

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