Over 65 campaign signs representing 15 different campaigns and political affiliations including Democrat, Republican, Independent & Green were stolen Saturday night, October 25th. The signs were taken to Deering Oaks Park, where the perpetrator, perpetrators, left the signs in a circle formation.
State Representative Ben Chipman discovered the signs mid-morning on Sunday, October 26th, after making a routine check on his own signs and finding several to be missing.
“I check up on my signs daily to repair any that have been damaged or fallen and I found several that were just gone altogether. It was when I checked the intersection of High Street and Park Avenue that I noticed, not far away, the large circle of campaigns signs in Deering Oaks Park,” said Chipman.
Chipman made a report to the Portland Police who met him at Deering Oaks just before 12noon on Sunday.
“Tampering with campaign signs is a criminal offense and I have asked the police to do a thorough investigation and to prosecute to the full extent of the law,” he said.
Signs were stolen from the following campaigns: Ben Chipman, Mike Michaud, Shenna Bellows, Susan Collins, Elliot Cutler, Herb Adams, Richard Murphy, Jim Azzola, Asher Platts, Chellie Pingree, John Eder, Kevin Joyce, Yes on 1, No on 1, and Yes on 5.
Police are investigating this crime. If you have any information please contact Portland Police at 207-874-8575.