A four by eight foot yard sign stolen, but the victim said he caught the thief on camera.
For Dr. Lynn Johnson of Greenville, petty theft is nothing new when it is a presidential election year. He has even endured property damage. Johnson said he puts his Republican presidential picks on display on his property in the form of yard signs. This year, he started with a few small ones, like those you may pick up at a local campaign field office.
"I think everybody should be able to put yard signs up, regardless of the party you're in and not have them taken," said Johnson. But apparently others did not agree, stealing away those small signs in the night.
Johnson put up another round of the smaller signs, and again they were lifted from the grass under the cover of night.
The Republican got fed up, and for $120 had a Romeny-Ryan sign manufactured locally. Measuring four feet by eight feet, he mounted the sign with two poles and bungee cords in the front yard. This time, he also mounted an infrared, motion-sensing still camera in a nearby tree, pointed toward the large sign. By Tuesday morning, the sign thieves visited a third time for this election year.
"It bothers me that people are intolerant of other people's views. And I think that we all need to kind of relax and understand that there are gonna be people that don't agree with you," said Johnson. "But they do have the right to make their opinions known."
Johnson has turned the photos over to Greenville police, and said in the meantime he is not backing down.
"I'm going to put up another sign, and I'm going to put up another camera," said Johnson, with a smile. "So the only thing I'll change is this time, it'll be a movie format rather than a still."