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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No funds would be requested unless the thief is captured.
— Lindsay Audin