Covington mayoral candidate arrested for alleged theft of campaign signs

COVINGTON -- Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of campaign signs belonging to his opponent, Ronnie Johnston, according to the Covington Police Department.

A press release issued by the CPD states that Johnston had complained that yard signs he had distributed had been stolen from various locations throughout Covington.

"Our investigation gathered intelligence that indicated Mr. Bobby Sigman (mayoral candidate) was paying individuals to remove Johnston mayoral candidate yard signs from properties in the Covington area," said Ken Malcom in the printed press release issued following Sigman's arrest late Wednesday.

Malcom said an "undercover operation" was conducted by the CPD which uncovered the fact that "Sigman did purchase more than 50 Ronnie Johnston mayoral candidate yard signs from an individual acting in an undercover capacity that had been stolen from yards in the Covington area."

After the signs were allegedly purchased, the CPD conducted a traffic stop on Sigman and escorted him to CPD headquarters, Malcom said.

"According to detectives, Mr. Sigman, after having read Miranda Warning, made false statements about his involvement in this incident," Malcom said.

Sigman was charged with making false statements within a political subdivision, theft by taking and criminal trespass and was booked into the Newton County Detention Center. All charges against him are misdemeanors.

"The Covington Police Department is asking that any individual who may have had a Ronnie Johnston mayoral candidate yard sign removed from their property to please contact the Covington Police Department Criminal Investigations Division immediately at 770-786-7605. This case is still under investigation," Malcom said.