Date: October 15, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Campaign Sign Theft Advisory	

The Polk County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens that campaign signs, when they are placed on private property, are not to be removed without permission of the property owner.  Removal of signs on private property is considered theft. Theft of any privately placed signs will be documented, investigated, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Removal of signs placed on public right-of-ways, however, are not investigated as thefts by law enforcement.

Please be considerate of your fellow citizens' property. Taking signs from someone's yard is no different than taking something from someone else that does not belong to you, and it is no laughing matter. Teach children that it is not a game to "collect" campaign signs, no matter where they are placed. Campaign signs should be removed by the persons who have placed them in the various locations around the county, once the election season is over.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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