Democrats Report Theft of Political Signs

The Oxford Resident Trooper's Office is looking into the theft of more than 50 signs.


The Oxford Democratic Town Committee chairwoman has reported to police that more than 50 political signs representing Democrats or events sponsored by local Dems have been stolen from various locations throughout town.

Ann Krane said she reported the thefts after she noticed signs for the "Made in Connecticut Fair" this Sunday at Colonial Tavern had been missing. She also said that signs for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, Rep. Jim Jimes, D-4th District, and 32nd state senate candidate James Gambardella.

"Strangely enough, the political signs for the Republican candidates remain in their place," Krane wrote in an email to Oxford Patch. "It can be assumed that this is  being done by some Republicans. “I am  surprised that they would resort to such tactics. Some narrow-minded local citizens - in a reprehensible act of political immaturity - tore down these signs put up by the Democratic Town Committee. ...How low can you go? Just a sign of desperation."

Republican Town Committee Chairman David Stocker said his group had nothing to do with the thefts. He said some Republican signs had been stolen this year and in years passed, as well.

"This is nothing new; it happens all the time," he said.

The Oxford Resident Trooper's Office said it is looking into the missing signs. 

Nancy Farnum October 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I've found in the past that event and political signs have been picked up by the DOT and can be retrieved from their site in Beacon Falls. Nancy Farnum
Craig Zac October 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Either DOT (which strikes me as strange seeing how it was ONLY the Dem's signs) or bored "Republican" kids. I cant imagine a grown a** adult doing something as childish as stealing signs off lawns... like its going to stop someone from voting..lol Just put some signs out, train an infra red night vision camera at it and when someone comes to steal it..Boom, got him / her! they are pretty inexpensive on Amazon . com and after words you can use it as a security cam for the house.
Kenn Maher October 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Hey stocker,,you were caught 2 yrs ago pulling up our signs and and a few years before that a. palmer was caught ripping off literature from mailboxes and it was reported to the police! Kenn Maher
Ed Rowland October 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM
If the signs are along a state road the sign would most likely be at Beacon Falls DOT garage.It always has amazed me why someone would steal a political sign unless you are a collector.Like fine art.during the summer I saw RTC signs advertising an event at Jacksons Cove.Not many signs but enough to let you know of the event.same with the signs about the Made in Ct.event this coming Sunday.Both events are good for Oxford.It is too bad Silly Season brings out the worst in people.Stealing signs is pretty low.But maybe as collectable art the signs may have value to someone.
Kenn Maher October 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
The ones that were stolen were on PRIVATE property. Cowards THIEVES ! Kenn Maher
Rich Gee October 19, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I get excited when I see political signs - to me it means people are active in the process. It's sad when they're stolen - it turns a perfectly reasonable way to promote your choice into an angry and divisive act. Shame on you. Also - stop spray painting the STOP signs! It just costs the town more money to replace (whenever they do replace them) and that money comes out of things that the perpetrators would probably value - like school sports and activities.
CMG October 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I have never lived in a town with so many babies in my life....people need to grow up...leave the dang signs alone...everyone has a right to their choice...stealing signs is so childish...and with what I read here on The Patch and in Voices, I highly doubt it was kids whole stole the signs...
Fed Up October 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I can picture Palmer and Stocker wearing Mission Impossible gear running around Oxford stealing signs.
Margaret Jordan October 19, 2012 at 03:42 PM
It is not only happening in Ct. All the Democrat signs have been taken from my neighborhood here in Pa. It says a lot about the integrity of followers of the other party, doesn't it?
Ed Rowland October 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Good afternoon Mr.Burke.I can understand your position.Can't blame you from stepping back.While we all may have different positions on issues we should not forget that bipartisinship works best.There is always common ground even on the most complex of issues.We have both been witness to that.And there is a need to keep the problems and issues in prospective.I don't feel I am a political person,maybe more of a free minded person that does not fall in line to party ideology.At least I hope not.Any way with that being said any one that leaves there personal comfort zone to serve the town in elected or appointed,should be treated with a little respect and by the same token should be respectful of those they serve.We all live in Town,and there are things that are more important than stolen signs.
Richard Burke October 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Hello Ed, As you can see ... I deleted my post. As for your writings ... they are always respectful. I hope that you did not read my deleted post as disrespectful in any way. It was honest and based on fact. Long story short, both parties in Oxford, and probably many towns across these great US ... have bad apples ... adults who act like children. Thank you for the good example you always set. The best to you, Dick
Dawn Sotir October 19, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I had an Obama/Biden sign stolen out in front of my house on Punkup Rd two weeks ago. I couldn't believe it! Now we have replaced it with many more signs supporting the Democratic Party. I am a registered Independent but more and more I side with the Democratic Party for just these types of things.
Ed Rowland October 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Hello again Dick,I in no way felt your post was disrespectful.And I do believe your post was honest.To bad people get so caught up in things such as this.It is really kind of funny about the signs being stolen.What do you do with them once you have stolen them.Is there any value to the sign,Not really.As you said Dick about the bad apples in both parties,there are also a lot of good well meaning people in both parties that care about the country but have different views on how to get from point a to point b.The same is happening in our state and sometimes in Oxford.
Bredon o'donnell October 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Im not surprised by this at all. The GOP is running Scared they want the public to be ignorant to whats going on. And they want Right wing Extremism to win. And i think people are doing this because of A HUGE racism Problem we have in Our Town, everyone i talk to say obama needs to go but when you ask them why they have no explanation for it. These are the same people who think he isnt american hes a muslim and that he is a socialist and refer to him as a N word. , ignorance of people amazes me. the people of oxford are sooooooooooooooooooooooooo small minded it is sad.


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