VIDEO: Thieves swipe campaign signs from Tampa Bay area yards

Image courtesy Lisa Eshkov.
Image courtesy Lisa Eshkov.

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) — Voters in the Tampa Bay area are upset after campaign signs in multiple counties have gone missing.

Lisa Eshkov says her Hilary Clinton sign was stolen out of her Land O’ Lakes yard over the weekend by a woman who was riding a golf cart. Eshkov says she and her daughter took pictures putting the sign out and joked it would eventually disappear.

“It was funny because I said to her, ‘We’ll see how long this lasts,’ but I’m like, ‘I have a camera and I’m watching,’” Eshkov said.

She says her surveillance video captured the woman taking the sign Saturday. She didn’t notice the sign was missing until Wednesday morning.

“Signs have always been up in my neighborhood and I would say 99 percent of the time, they’re Republican candidates. I’ve never felt motivated to take their signs,” Eshkov said. “She simply had no right to stop and take my sign, none whatsoever.”

Eshkov said she doesn’t know the woman but wants her sign back. “I felt violated. You know, this is my house and this is my property that I bought and paid for, and no one has the right to come on my property and take anything of mine,” she said.

Lisa’s neighbor, a Trump supporter, said taking signs is petty. “I don’t approve of her choice, but if she wants to put the sign there, she’s just as welcome, just like I am with this one,” Ken Santorello said.

Voters have also complained of Donald Trump signs disappearing, as well. Richard Crawford said all the Trump signs, including his, were stolen out of his Brandon neighborhood on Halloween. He said the signs have since been replaced.

In Tarpon Springs, Trump supporter Trever Quenneville had a sign stolen from his front yard. He said it was the second time one of his signs has been stolen. Home surveillances cameras recorded the thief swiping the sign over the weekend.

“I am a military veteran and don’t see how people find time in their day to go around taking other people’s things,” Quenneville said.

Law enforcement says stealing a sign from someone’s yard is theft of property, a misdemeanor.

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