Sunday, October 16, 2011
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COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department has received between 10 to 15 calls from citizens reporting campaign signs for mayoral candidate Ronnie Johnston have been stolen from their property, according to Capt. Ken Malcom.
The calls came in the wake of the Wednesday night arrest of Johnston's rival, Bobby Sigman, who police say was paying people to remove Johnston's campaign signs from private property.
Malcom previously 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."
Sigman was charged with making false statements within a political subdivision, theft by taking and criminal trespass, all misdemeanors.
"We're asking citizens to continue to call us if they have had Ronnie Johnston signs removed recently," Malcom said. "If you go onto a person's property and remove something that does not belong to you, that's criminal trespass and also theft by taking. Each situation in which that occurs is a separate count. We're still actively working this investigation to determine how many people were actually victims."
Citizens can reach the CPD's Criminal Investigations Division by calling 770-786-7605.
News Editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this story.