Political Signs Stolen From Mercer Island Yard, Resident Says

A Mercer Island resident says the half-dozen political signs in her yard disappeared over the weekend.

Nancy Weil is extremely passionate about her viewpoints. And she had been displaying them prominently in the past couple weeks with a half-dozen political signs in her yard on East Mercer Way near Clark Beach.

But when she went to leave her house Saturday morning, her signs, three supporting President Barack Obama and three supporting the same-sex marriage referendum, were gone.

"I am furious," Weil told Patch on Sunday. 

She said she understands that not everybody wants to vote for Obama, although she doesn't understand those against what she called "equal rights for people" regarding the same-sex marriage referendum. What really irks her is the fact that the people in question are so vehement in their beliefs that they would get our of their car and pull out every sign.

"It's a violation," she said. "It's offensive."

She said she doesn't have any idea who would have done such a thing and said she left a message for police. 

While some may think removing political signs is a harmless prank, it's a crime.

According to the state law in RCW 29A.84.040, any person who removes or defaces lawfully placed political advertising including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Commenters on an earlier story about political signs claimed that Reject R-74 signs were stolen from their yards on the North-end of Mercer Island in October.

Weil said the silver lining in the incident is that it spawned a good conversation with her five children about the importance of standing up for what you believe in even if others try to silence you.

Have you had a political sign stolen or vandalized this election season? Tell us in the comments. 

Amanda Clark November 05, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Yes, I too had signs stolen sometime Friday night--one for Jay Inslee and one for Ref. 74. And I noticed some others on my street for Obama and Inslee are also missing. I too told the police. I guess some people are so afraid they can't win on the merits of their case or the strength of their candidate that they don't want passers-by to see others' support.
ponder this November 05, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Instead of accusing others did you ever think it could be people with the same view who wanted to take them for there own property or souveniers, But instead you point the finger without knowing all the facts to generate possibly misdirected anger. shame. teach your children true american beliefs. innocent till proven guilty. Not just your paranoid pursecution views.
Lisa Thomas November 05, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Or it could be kids. Or it could be people just fed up with political signs all over the place.
Amused November 05, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Souvenirs? I find it hard to believe that someone would remove political signs from private property in order to fondly remember their affection for President Obama and the right of same-sex individuals the right to marry. Additionally, if they are so endeared with President Obama and Referendum 74, why not simply contact Washington United for Marriage and the King County Democrats office, which I would presume would gladly give supporters a yard sign?
Kendall Watson November 05, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I'm sure there are a number of reasons people would just love to be rid of these signs — but without authorization, the removal of these signs is a crime.
Jon H November 05, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Well I have had signs taken in the past. Earlier this year someone took my school bond sign (several of them). I finally got tired of it and tied the sign to some fishing line with the other end hooked up to a smoke detector rigged so it would go off if the sign was disturbed. I placed the detector a few feet away in a bag covered in leaves. It soon became clear who was messing with the signs.
Jon H November 05, 2012 at 06:39 AM
I'd be careful making assumptions (you know what they say).
Rouchard Duprie November 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Voter fraud is a crime but usually ignored (you could argue in some places it is encouraged).
David Crosby November 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
About what I would expect from supporters of the candidate/party that have done everything within their power to deprive their opponents of a voice and a vote in this election.
Kendall Watson November 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thanks for the comment, Jon. It's a little cryptic, but I assume that it wasn't a rogue deer that was removing your signs. Was it reported to the police, or did you take the follow-up from this into your own hands?
Thomas Imrich November 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
It is sad to see over "ten times" the effort being put into commenting on what might ultimately be wind, kids, or "sign overdose", ...rather than addressing the real and serious crime spree we're facing on MI recently. Why aren't these same commenters talking about that? Instead, it seems real and serious crime is being largely ignored. While I too certainly am sympathetic to the overall concern about political sign loss (as was also experienced by the NO VOTE side of the school bond), what about the far more serious carjacking, burglary, assault, and serious car prowls that we're facing. It looks to me like we are again getting the commenters cart before the horse on this island, in terms of misplaced crime fighting priorities??
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA November 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
. Tom Imrich I do believe was a Boeing Test Pilot. I'd love an eMail from him so we can correspond on flying and things like that. My flight instructors were Lana Kurtzer on floats & Nick Yotz, PAA. J-
Jon H November 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Kendall - I would not tie up valuable police resources on what amounts to a squabble between neighbors. People in this part of the country tend to be a bit thin skinned and passive-aggressive. Sometimes you just have to draw them out.
Jon H November 05, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'm with you Thomas. I wouldn't consider calling the police over an issue such as missing political signs. I'd rather have the police working on things that matter, real crimes not what amounts to a childish prank. I know some consider these sort of things a 'hate' crime of sorts. But I think that those types are the kind that don't take personal responsibility as a priority and look to government to solve problems.
Kendall Watson November 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thanks for the response, Jon. I'm sorry you're having trouble in what should be a great couple of days here for our democracy, whatever the result. I'm not originally from this area and definitely have experienced some of the "Seattle Freeze"-type reactions from folks, so I can sympathize. Good luck!
Rouchard Duprie November 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I've heard it said we all get the society we deserve including the crime rate. On a side note, wasn't it Boeing pilots that water landed a vintage Boeing airplane in Elliot Bay in the early 2000's or late 1990's?


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