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Campaign signs stolen, McCormick says

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 4:05 pm in election, Orinda.

TOM MCCORMICKOrinda Mayor Tom McCormick, currently seeking re-election, says someone has been stealing his campaign signs.

For the last three nights, he said, someone has been driving through the city and taking the signs. One woman, he said, told him the sign was near her front door and she thought her house was being broken into. Another woman, he said, told him she had two different signs on her lawn and only McCormick’s was taken.

“It just annoys the heck out of me,” he said. “They’re just my signs being taken.”

In an e-mail, police Chief Jeff Jennings said if someone reports the stolen signs the department will report it as a petty theft, but no one as called the police yet.

“This is a common occurrence during election cycles,” he said. “Most of the time it is kids who just steal the signs to make someone upset but sometimes it is an adult with an agenda.”

The chances of recovering the signs is “remote at best,” he said.

“Campaigns are wrought with emotion and candidates rightfully get upset when their signs are stolen or vandalized and we feel for them but it is a part of the business of campaigning for public office,” Jennings said. “We will do what we can for anyone calling in a theft of property.”

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