MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Some citizens are going to extreme lengths to campaign for their candidates, days ahead of the Mobile municipal elections.
Voters have called to complain about a number of incidents where supporters are destroying, stealing, or replacing campaign signs on private property.
Several of the campaign crimes were caught on surveillance cameras.
Monday, August 19, Jesse Eldridge told FOX10 his mayoral and city council campaign signs had been stolen on five separate occasions; three of them involving the same woman.
Shortly after the story aired, Eldridge said the woman struck yet again.
“It gets very very frustrating,” he said. “I mean, don't try to force me to vote for someone else or force me to campaign for someone that I don't want to.”
Voter Theodore Kearley spotted who he believes to be the same woman Wednesday August, 21 dumping a Sandy Stimpson sign at a shopping center just a few miles away from Eldridge’s business on Navco Road.
Kearley recognized the woman and her vehicle from the video and confronted her.
“She was with a Stimpson sign in her hand and the trunk open and putting the sign in the trunk,” said Kearley. “I rolled my window down and I said, 'Quit stealing people's campaign signs,' and then she got very combative and defensive so I kind of just got the tag number off of her car and went on about my way.”
Employees at a nearby drug store said they witnessed the confrontation and saw the woman stealing the sign.
Kearley said the woman's vehicle had about a half a dozen campaign stickers on the bumper.
The sighting is just one of many FOX10 has heard of around the Port City recently.
City council and congressional signs have also been removed or replaced.
Police said these are crimes that could warrant an arrest.
Mayor Sam Jones’ campaign staff said the woman caught on camera was not a volunteer.
FOX10 tried to contact her for comment but was unsuccessful.
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