Political party signs stolen in Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The clock is ticking away for the Presidential election and along with the time, political signs are disappearing too.

"I was watching the Vice Presidential debate when I heard a noise about 9:20pm. I saw a truck on the street.  When I went to the front door, my Obama and McReynolds signs were gone.  A kid was getting into a truck and drove off," says Charles Evans who lives in Trailwood.

So far the signs have been reported missing in the Brookhollow, Trailwood, Settlement and Crown Colony neighborhoods.

Angelina County's Democratic Party Chair Jim Wark says it's become a serious issue.

"The principal of the fact is someone should be able to put a sign up, regardless if it's a "for sale" sign or political sign.  For any such sign that is not offensive to the general public, people should be able to keep the sign up in their yard," says Wark.

As we drove around, we had trouble finding Obama signs, but the Republican Party says they've had reports of signs missing too.  The fact is everyone is upset.

'Does this anger you more than anything?' "It's the principle. We live in a democratic country, we should be able to display our beliefs and it's just the principle of the thing," says Evans.

"It's almost like they are afraid the campaign sign will actually vote," says Wark, but as far as he is concerned, they can keep taking them because they will keep replacing them.

"I think we can outlast them on the signs. If they keep taking them down, we'll keep putting them up," he says.

If nothing else, Evans says, "I hope they put the signs to good use and exercise their right to vote, if they are old enough and vote for the candidate of their choice."

To keep your sign safe, party chairs say to bring them in at night.

Signs are also disappearing in Palestine, Anderson County, Nacogdoches and elsewhere in Texas including Lubbock and Wichita Falls.

If you have a yard sign missing, party chairs ask you to report it to the police.