Campaign signs stolen in Hamilton County

Posted: 7:27 PM, Apr 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-18 10:43:49-04
Campaign signs stolen in Hamilton County

FISHERS, Ind. -- A Hamilton County Councilman is up for re-election, but some of his campaign signs have been stolen. 

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is investigating after an opponent's cell phone was found near the left over rope from one of the signs that vanished. 

Rick McKinney says he discovered that three of his signs were missing on Friday. The signs went up at the beginning of the month. In all three cases, he says he found remnants of ropes left in the grass. Not much evidence, but while checking out one site, he found a cell phone. When someone dialed his opponent's number, he says the phone rang. 

"We're two weeks out from the election and I think it's, this type of desperation that hopefully voters will see it for what it is and hopefully the court of public opinion will act accordingly," he said. 

Police talked to McKinney's opponent, Jeff Hern,.Hern said his cell phone was missing. 

Hern is listed as a suspect in the case.

McKinney has filed a stolen property report with the sheriff's office, and says he may seek restitution because the signs were worth about $600 total. 

RTV6 reached out to his opponent, Jeff Hern, but as of 7:20 p.m. Sunday had not heard back. 

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