Alleged political-sign thief to be charged

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: September 18, 2012, 8:12 PM

 

An alleged political-sign-stealer is expected to be charged today in Clark County District Court.

The alleged thief, identified as John L. Ellis, 66, will be charged with removing or defacing political advertisement, a misdemeanor, said Vancouver’s city prosecutor, Kevin McClure.

The incident was caught on camera in late July by members of the local PCO Liberty Alliance. The members were fed up with signs for Lynda Wilson, a Republican candidate for precinct committee officer, going missing, so they set up a camera on Northeast 164th Avenue.

Former Congressional candidate David Hedrick soon saw the alleged thief on a bike snatching a sign, and followed in his car, according to a You Tube video posting.

Hedrick chased the man down and, while still filming, called out the window: “What’s wrong with Lynda Wilson as a PCO? Maybe she’s too conservative? Maybe the establishment doesn’t like her?”

“Go (expletive) yourself,” the man responded. Hedrick then allowed the man to ride off.

The PCO Liberty Alliance handed over the video and other information to police, who contacted Ellis and took a report.