Campaign sign stolen in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, MN. (Valley News Live) - Campaign signs are everywhere you look for the upcoming general election in November.

But recently, some of the campaign signs around Moorhead have gone missing.

A nearby surveillance camera caught people taking a campaign sign supporting Brenda Elmer, Moorhead Mayor Candidate, from the side of the road.

“People may not realize it’s not funny, it’s not a joke or a prank,” Elmer said. “Even if they don't agree with the candidate, they can't just simply take the sign away or discard it.”

The sign was taken from outside the Northwestern Bank on South 8th Street.

“It was a high traffic area in the middle of the daylight, so I was kind of surprised at the boldness,” Elmer said.

Not only does this cause grief for the candidate, but it can mean up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine if charged.

“Anytime somebody goes and takes property that isn't theirs, and especially if they are looking to permanently deprive someone of that, it's a theft,” said Tory Jacobson, Moorhead Deputy Chief. “It's a misdemeanor and a crime.”

Police say if there is an issue with a sign to give them a call, and they will handle the situation to avoid potential charges.

“It’s important to some people,” Elmer said. “Candidates, their supporters, voters in that community care so just please be respectful.”

The Minnesota General Election begins on November 6.

For information about voting and the candidates, go to https://mn.Gov/portal/government/voting-elections/