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An estimated 45 signs advocating for a pair of proposed anti-obscenity ordinances have been vandalized or stolen within the past week, according to the group that erected them.

The Montana Citizens for Decency through Law said thieves and vandals began targeting its wooden signs shortly after its members began putting them up about a week ago.

The group purchased 90 double-sided signs at an expense of $740. So far, about 40 double-sided signs have gone missing outright and another five damaged with spray paint.

"Someone out there has got an agenda and doesn't want to see them on the street," said Mark Carlstom, a group member who said a sign in his yard was stolen this weekend.

Caroll Smith said he would like to remind whoever is responsible their actions are against the law.

"If you can't get them, I guess God will deal with them later," he said of the thieves.

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