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To Catch a Thief

October 8, 2008

To the editor:

Several Croton residents have banded together to offer a $700 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the thieves stealing yard signs related to the Obama/Biden presidential campaign.

Lindsay Audin, a district leader with the Croton Democratic Committee, announced the reward after 4 of the signs were stolen from private yards last week. “During the John Hall campaign in 2006, over 100 Hall yard signs were stolen. That was not a prank, but a concerted effort to attack a legitimate political campaign, and block people’s right to exercise free speech on their private property. We are now seeing the same kind of activity with Obama signs, but with a racist tinge because signs for other candidates in the same yard were untouched.”

“It is our hope that, by offering this reward, we may encourage people to come forward to the Croton Police with information on the thieves so we can set make a public example of them. Such thefts are both petty larceny and a violation of the NY State Election Law, and are not merely a prank. We intend to seek full prosecution, regardless of the age of the thieves.”

Anyone interested in pledging funds to increase the amount of the reward may contact Audin at No funds would be requested unless the thief is captured.

— Lindsay Audin

On October 14, 2008 5:19 PM, TeaDrinker said:


Caption: “Someone stole our Obama for President sign from our yard last night. They stole nearly all the Obama signs in our neighborhood. The ones they didn’t take they spray-painted black. So I made this sign today and staked it in the yard. I fully expect it to be trashed by morning. At least they know the result of their pranks: we give more money to Obama’s campaign.”

On October 15, 2008 9:22 AM, weewill said:

Must it always be so? For years democratic signs in and around property in Croton have been destroyed, removed or defaced. And we never hear of the republican signs being affected in the the same way. Hmmmmmmmm???

I would like to share a positive sign (sorry for the pun!) for all to consider. Having received a phone call from a neighbor inquiring where she could get an Obama sign for her yard, I told her I would be happy to obtain one and drop it off. I called around to several campaign headquarters and supporters asking for a sign and was told they were “going out so fast they couldn’t keep up with the requests.”

Now that’s a very, very good sign for our side (again no pun intended!)

On October 11, 2008 3:03 PM, Leo Wiegman said:

Lindsay: The Obama/Biden lawn sign in front our home on Benedict Boulevard disappeared on Thursday. I will replace it today. Even if this sign thievery is only a prank, why take the Obama sign but not the signs we also have for John Hall?


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