MIAMI BEACH, Florida. Police are investigating after a man was caught on camera Friday night destroying a campaign poster in Miami Beach.
On Sunday, Local News 10 obtained exclusive surveillance footage of a man walking up to a campaign sign owned by Miami Beach Commissioner Steven Meiner, pulling the sign out of the ground, then dropping it in the middle of the road.
Miner, an Orthodox Jew, told Local 10 News reporter Rosh Lowe that the incident took place on Friday night, early Saturday.
He said this wasn’t the first time he’d told Miami Beach police that many of his signs had been stolen.
Miner told Local 10 News that he hopes to press charges against the suspect if he is caught.
Under state law, individuals found guilty of intentionally removing, defacing, damaging, or destroying a legally posted campaign sign can be fined up to $100. When the removal or destruction of a sign is found to be discriminatory, the offender may face increased civil penalties.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen such incidents in south Florida.
From Fort Lauderdale sign thieves targeting a Joe Biden sign to a Donald Trump vandalized sign in the city of Miami, this happens more often than people might think, and violators can face charges such as trespassing, theft, and vandalism.
Anyone who sees the sign thief is strongly advised to call Miami Beach Police at 305-673-7900.
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