Investigators in Fort Rock are looking for a girl who vandalized a Trump/Pence reelection signal, an act that was recorded on video and posted on social media.
The incident occurred at about 6:35 p.m. Monday in a business space close to South Perry Avenue and East Miller Court docket, stated Sara Miller, a Fort Rock lady who recorded the video.
Miller, who describes herself as “leaning conservative…and an points voter,” stated she was driving by the land parcel the place the signal was posted and noticed a girl tearing down the massive blue signal with white lettering.
Nonetheless in her automobile, Miller stopped and referred to as out, making an attempt to cease the lady from destroying the signal, she stated.
Miller recalled: “That is none of your enterprise little woman,” the lady responded.
That’s when Miller started recording the incident on her cellphone digicam, she stated.
“I can’t condone any vandalism,” Miller stated. “It was somebody damaging another person’s property.”
Miller stated she didn’t really feel threatened by the lady, who left the realm and went into a close-by pet grooming enterprise.
Kurt Huffman, a lifelong Republican, owns the signal and erected it with the property proprietor’s permission.
Huffman stated he’s been posting political candidate indicators in Douglas County for years, together with for some fairly heated faculty board races.
“I’ve by no means seen this stage of anger or violence,” Huffman stated of the Monday incident.
The 4-foot by 8-foot signal fabricated from plastic was connected to particle board with screws and mounted on wood posts. Huffman valued the signal at about $500.
The lady within the video, utilizing her naked arms, was capable of tear the plastic signal away from the particle board backing. “I didn’t know you can really do this with one among these indicators — shred it,” Huffman stated.
Huffman, who sometimes organizes placing up about 150 indicators in a presidential election season, stated he’s had 4 folks decline signal postings this yr.
Dan Berkenkotter, an area businessman, owns the parcel the place the signal was posted. He plans to construct on it sooner or later. He receives a number of requests about posting indicators on the property.
“I let anybody put their indicators on the market,” Berkenkotter stated. “I don’t thoughts what (political) social gathering they’re.”
A fund for data resulting in the id of the lady within the video was as much as $1,400 on Friday morning, Berkenkotter stated.
“It’s not a witch hunt on the lookout for her, it’s extra looking for her as a result of what she did was unsuitable,” Berkenkotter stated. “It’s not all proper to do that, such a habits.”
Fort Rock police are investigating the incident.
“We now have obtained a number of calls and experiences about this,” stated Taylor Temby, a police spokeswoman.
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As of Friday morning police had not recognized the lady, Temby stated.
Temby didn’t remark particularly on the Monday incident or the video clip, however police launched a press release together with a municipal ordinance.
“Any one who damages, mars, destroys, paints, smears or defaces public or non-public property or who participates with others in marring, damaging, destroying, portray, smearing or defacing of public or non-public property inside the City with out specific permission of the proprietor or governing physique having cost of the property might, upon conviction, be punished as supplied within the basic penalty of this Code,” in keeping with municipal code.
Vandalism, a legal mischief cost, is a category three misdemeanor if the injury is lower than $300.