Blakely, PA – Three women have been arrested for allegedly stealing dozens of campaign and pro-police signs from residents’ yards on Tuesday night.
The suspects, all of whom are approximately 20 years of age, have been accused of stealing multiple “We Support Blakely Police” signs, as well as campaign signs for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, WBRE reported.
Many of the thefts occurred on Lincoln Avenue, according to the news outlet.
“The Blakely Police Department overnight took reports of multiple campaign signs being stolen throughout the borough,” the department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning. “We are happy to announce arrests were made.”
The Blakely Police Department (BPD) told The Police Tribune on Wednesday that “several” of the signs they seized from the suspects have already been returned to their rightful owners.
They said the department is still in possession of about 20 signs that were “still unaccounted for.”
“If you are missing a sign, we may have it,” the department said in the Facebook post.
BPD Chief Guy Salerno said he was not surprised when he learned that people were out stealing the signs residents had put up in support of police and the President.
“Consider[ing] the way things have been happening lately with this election, it’s not shocking to me at all,” Chief Salerno told WBRE. “You see very, very strong opinions on both sides so it does not shock me at all.”
The identities of the three female suspects and the exact charges they are facing have not been released.
The BPD told The Police Tribune that they are unable to release the suspects’ names until charges are formally filed.