Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Arrests in Theft of Yes on Prop 8 signs in Roseville

This is from the Sacramento Bee about the sign thefts in Roseville, a city in Northern California, east of Sacramento.
Roseville police arrested a man and two women early today who were reportedly stealing "Yes on Proposition 8" signs from residents' yards.

Officers recovered 53 signs from the suspects' vehicle - all in support of Proposition 8, said Dee Dee Gunther, police department spokeswoman.

The arrests occurred about 12:32 a.m. after a resident in the 200 block of Sierra Boulevard spotted someone taking a sign out of a neighbor's yard.

A few minutes later an officer spotted a green sedan, matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the 700 block of Shasta Street. All four doors and the trunk were open and the officer watched as two people walked to the car and placed something in the trunk. The car then drove away but was stopped by police.

Police arrested Brian Joseph Greene (left photo), 18 of Roseville, Kacey Elizabeth Flieder (right photo), 18, of Sacramento and a 17-year-old girl from Roseville. The 18-year-olds were booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property, conspiracy, petty theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 17-year-old was cited and released to her parents.

Karen England, a local coordinator for the Yes on 8 campaign said theft and vandalism of Proposition 8 signs has become a continuing problem. In some cases, signs have been stolen multiple times. Proposition 8 backers along Misty Creek Drive, off Foothills Boulevard, have started bringing their signs in at night but recently they also have experienced spray paint vandalism as well as sign theft.

"This has been happening all over Roseville," England said, noting that she has filed two police reports related to theft of signs from her yard. Her organization recently posted a $1,000 reward for information leading the arrest of sign thieves and vandals, England said.

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