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Political sign damage

A Wausau man says vandals targeted his Scott Walker campaign sign. Jim Van Buskirk lives near the intersection of 17th Avenue and Thomas Street.  Van Buskirk  says Wednesday night vandals took one of the rods holding the sign in place and drove it through the sign. Van Buskirk adds, "This is an act of violence, this is not just vandalism. This is the deliberate act of taking the stake out of the ground and stabbing it right through the sign."

Van Buskirk says he doesn't expect that the vandals will be caught but he did report the damage to police.

Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts from the Wausau Police Department says damage to political signs is not uncommon during the election cycles. Several other area law enforcement agencies report seeing a few cases of damage or theft of the signs,  for both republican and democratic candidates. None of the law enforcement agencies Newsline 9 talked with reported a spike in such activity.

If you are caught damaging the signs on private property, you could face a charge of criminal damage to property, which is a misdemeanor.


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