Oro Valley Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a sign thief. The man was caught on camera taking down signs in support of the Town’s bond proposal.
The grassroots group, Axe The Tax, which oppose the bond have had multiple incidents related to their signs. However, their complaints have been ignored by authorities.
According to the Oro Valley Police Department, the suspect was seen in the area of First Avenue and Oracle on Sunday, October 29 between the hours of 5:00 and 6:00 a.m.
Additional photos depict him defacing a political sign. He is described as a Caucasian male wearing a baseball hat, t-shirt and tennis shoes.
There is some speculation that the sign thief photo is a publicity stunt by pro-bond forces. During the recent recall effort, Vice-Mayor Lou Waters claimed that he was physically attacked by an opponent. Waters had accused Thomas Kamoske, a retired police officer, of shoving him and jamming papers into his camera as Kamoske and others attempted to deliver recall petitions against Mayor Satish Hiremath to the Town Clerk’s office.
Kamoske was later acquitted.
Jim Horn, Chair of Axe the Tax stated, “This behavior is uncalled for in this – or any election – and we condemn the person responsible for it. It’s unfortunate that political signs are stolen or vandalized in Oro Valley regardless of the issue or candidate. We have complained to the Town about this very issue regarding our own signs, one of which was found in a wash. We are grateful that the Police Department finally has a lead on the perpetrator.”
Oro Valley Police are asking members of the public to contact them if you know who the man in the photo is (520) 229-4900.