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Campaign signs stolen in Henrietta
Henrietta, N.Y. Its not rare for candidate to see a few of their campaign lawn signs disappear or get stolen during election season. Many of them expect it to a certain extent.
But this year in Henrietta, more are disappearing than ever before.
Republican Jack Moore is running for the Henrietta Town Supervisor seat against fellow Republican incumbent Supervisor Michael Yudelson.
Moore says 500 of his signs have been up since August 18, but 100 of them are already gone.
Its not about the money, Moore explained. It's [about the work]. People volunteer to put them up and go around making sure they are up.
One sign near Ward Hill and Pinnacle Road kept disappearing so Moores campaign decided to put up a hidden camera.
We decided we would put some cameras up as if you were a hunter in the woods, he said. They would take pictures set off by motion.
Less than 24-hours after they set up the camera, they caught someone stealing the sign.
We had a gentleman in a pick-up truck come by and put it in their truck, Moore said.
The Monroe County Sheriffs Office confirms the man seen taking the sign was Kyle Weissenburger. He was issued an appearance ticket for petit larceny.
Weissenburger is also a town of Henrietta summer employee. Yudelson says Weissenburger has been suspended and firmly maintains that he does not condone this behavior.
He adds that at least 60 of his own campaign signs have also been stolen or are missing.
Betty Miller is a long-time supporter of Yudelson and has a Yudelson reelection sign on her lawn. She says that any political sign stealing is petty.
It's childish, she said. It's very, very childish. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and can vote the way they want.
Moore says this trend is a sign of how passionate this race has become.
I just think the community is really engaged in this election and I think we have citizens on both sides that are probably not doing the right things.