Cass prosecutor: No ‘political season’ exemption to sign theft
CASSOPOLIS — The Cass County Prosecutor wishes to remind the community that it is a criminal offense to steal or damage political signs, and that those who do so subject themselves to criminal prosecution including possible incarceration.
Prosecutor Fitz indicates that every political season signs are stolen or damaged. 2016 is no exception, with numerous signs being stolen or damaged.
Fitz stated that “There is no ‘political season’ exemption to such activity. It is criminal behavior.”
“Those who run for office on the local, state and national level, as well as their supporters, expend large amounts of time, resources and energy to participate in our election process. It’s the best system in the world. People are always encouraged to get involved. But when theft and damage occur, people are making themselves criminals. It won’t be tolerated. If this office receives reports establishing a perpetrator, prosecution can be expected.”
Fitz advises that the theft of a sign can hold a penalty of up to a year in the county jail and/or a fine of up to $500, depending on the circumstances.
If you have information about stolen or damaged property, including political materials, contact an area law enforcement agency.