North Glengarry Deputy-Mayor candidate Robert Proulx says that thieves have stolen $810 worth of his campaign signs.
Mr. Proulx claims that seven large signs (4’x33’) and 12 of his smaller signs along County Roads 43 and 34 vanished on around the evening of Sunday, Sept. 23.
He discounts suggestions that the high winds that rocked the region might have dislodged the signs.
“My signs are on wooden pegs and they don’t get blown away so easily,” he says.
He adds that the posters vanished from areas in Alexandria while others in Maxville remained untouched.
Mr. Proulx says that one of his co-workers at Roxborough Bus Lines discovered a bigger sign in the Glen Robertson cemetery.
“It was 150 feet off the road and it wasn’t even damaged,” he says.
Mr. Proulx, who has filed a police report, is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the culprits.
He says he will plant a GPS unit in a number of his new signs.
“I’m not fooling around,” he says. “It’s like the bait car program in Cornwall. If someone takes a sign and my phone goes off, I’ll be calling the police right away.”
Stealing or vandalizing signs is a criminal offence.
An offender can be charged with mischief and if convicted, be required to pay restitution as well as fines.
Some South Glengarry candidates have also reported that their signs have also gone missing. One hopeful mentioned that the wind had been wreaking havoc on the posters.
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