Political signs swiped from Spokane neighborhood

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SPOKANE, Wash. -There is new information now about a South Hill neighborhood we told you about a few weeks ago, where the political divide was exactly 50-50, Pittsburg and 57th. Lisa brown signs from a few houses, have been stolen.

"I had two in my yard, people across the street had some." Joe Ballard, South Hill resident, said, "It doesn't surprise me, that people are actually breaking laws."

But what did surprise him, was that this was happening in his own neightborhood.

"We were all red and blue and white, signs everywhere," Ballard said.

What some might see as harmless sign stealing, is actually breaking a very serious law. In Washington state, anyone who removes or defaces lawfully placed political signs is guilty of a misdemeanor. This can be punishable up to 90 days in county jail, and up to to one thousand dollars in fines.

"There was someone who picked them up on camera, just a few blocks from here," Ballard said.

If they're identified, the punishment in this case could be double. State law says each sign stolen or defaced can be charged as a seperate offense.

If anyone has any information about who did this, call crime check at 509-456-2233.

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