According to Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Pat Galbincia, four Toledo-area men were arrested for stealing Romney/Ryan signs while driving a union-owned truck. The signs, measuring as large as 4 feet by 8 feet, were discovered in the truck owned by Local 33 of the Sheet Metal Workers International Union.
Perrysburg police reported that at 1 a.m., four men – Corey Beaubian, 37, Sean Bresler, 33; and John Russell, 39, all of Toledo; and Christopher Monaghan, 41, of Rossford — were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. Police also said the Ford F-150 pickup truck also contained tools such as drills that could have been used to take the large signs down.
The signs were reportedly removed from private property and business locations in Lucas and Wood Counties.
Police were not positive the four men are union members, but the website for Union Local 33 lists Russell and Monaghan as business agents for the Toledo district, and Beaubian’s Facebook page lists himself as a sheet metal journeyman since 1999.
Many of the signs were believed to have been erected by the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition. The group’s president, John McAvoy, said, “There have been wide reports of Romney signs being stolen for many weeks…this is the first we heard of anyone being caught.”
Read the entire report at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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