Political signs damaged, stolen

Political signs of candidates for both parties have been the target of vandalism over the past few weeks. - David Bell Photo/GIla Valley Central

SAFFORD — Political zeal turned to vandalism and theft in the lead up to Tuesday’s election.

In late October, officials with the Graham County Democratic Party reported attempts were made to damage signs and a security camera at the headquarters.

The security footage reviewed by Safford Police showed three people — described as a younger man and woman, and an older man — exit a nearby bar and walk to the headquarters. The two younger people attempted to pull a campaign sign off the building but were unable to do so because the sign was bolted on. The older man then hit the camera, knocking it to the ground.

One of the others placed the camera back and the three people left the area.

A few days later, a woman reported that Trump campaign signs were stolen from her property.

She said she observed the couple — a man and a woman in their mid to late 20s — also attempt to steal other Trump signs in the neighborhood before driving off in a red Jeep.