Butte man 'sick' of politics accused of stealing dozens of campaign signs

2012-11-05T12:23:00Z 2012-11-05T16:06:04Z Butte man 'sick' of politics accused of stealing dozens of campaign signsBy JOHN GRANT EMEIGH Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
November 05, 2012 12:23 pm  • 

BUTTE — A Butte man apparently had enough of the excessive campaigning this election year and decided to steal dozens of campaign signs.

Jon Fournier, 22, was arrested after 11 p.m. Sunday in connection the theft of about 50 campaign signs from several yards. Butte Sheriff John Walsh said that the thefts appeared to be random and that Fournier wasn’t targeting any particular candidates.

“He just said he was sick of all the political signs and apparently wanted to clean up the neighborhood,” Walsh said.

A resident in the 100 block of Rampart Drive called 911 after seeing a man take a sign from a yard about 11:10 p.m. and put it in his car.

A short time later, a police patrol stopped Fournier, who was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla in the area of White Way and Burlington.

Police found about 50 signs in the backseat of the vehicle. Police also reported finding a bong and some marijuana in Fournier’s vehicle.

Fournier faces misdemeanor charges of theft, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from jail on bond early Monday morning.

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