Teens arrested in Trump sign stealing scheme

There's been a break in the case of serial sign stealers in Caldwell County.

HICKORY -- Hundreds of Trump signs are missing or destroyed in Caldwell County, says Republican County Chairman Pete McIllwain.

"We're frustrated, you know," McIllwain said. "It's a reflection of how fractious and contentious this particular election season is."

McIllwain says roughly 400 Trump-Pence yard signs are gone, with 250 signs taken this weekend from busy roads like Highway 321.

On Tuesday, Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, along with the Lenoir Police Department, arrested three high school students for allegedly stealing political signs. A tip came into the Sheriff's office that people were getting out and taking signs along Highway 321.

"We are here to enforce the law and protect the rights of all candidates." said Sheriff Alan Jones in a statement to WCNC.com.

In Hickory, business owner Wayne Moose put up cameras to see who was taking his signs from his yawn. Video showed 2 men ripping off Trump signs in the middle of the day.

His security footage was so clear, Hickory Police were able to track down the men responsible who agreed to replace the signs taken in exchange for no charges.

"I'm going to have a Trump sign regardless if I have to pour it in concrete," said Moose.

Election Day is Nov. 8th. Early voting in North Carolina is underway.

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