Thievery of campaign signs may have reached a new level in Camdenton where an incumbent candidate manage to  track down the alleged thief and escort the person suspected of swiping it to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.


According to the Camdenton Police Department, an officer was called to meet with Associate Circuit Court Judge Bruce Colyer, a Republican candidate seeking re-election, on Friday, July 23 around 9 p.m.


Thievery of campaign signs may have reached a new level in Camdenton where an incumbent candidate manage to  track down the alleged thief and escort the person suspected of swiping it to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the Camdenton Police Department, an officer was called to meet with Associate Circuit Court Judge Bruce Colyer, a Republican candidate seeking re-election, on Friday, July 23 around 9 p.m.

Colyer had apparently been coming through Camdenton when he and his wife witnessed one of his campaign signs being loaded up in the back of a car. Colyer followed the car through Camdenton to the State Highway 5 and U. S. Highway 54 junction where he managed to pull up close enough to identify the person driving the vehicle.

Although the report released by the police department does not say how, apparently Colyer was able to persuade the driver to follow him to the sheriff’s department where the stolen sign was turned over  as evidence.

Police Chief Laura Wright said a theft report is being forwarded to Camdenton Prosecutor Phil Morgan for review. It will be up to the prosecutor to decide if any charges will be filed.

The police department did not release the name of the suspect.

Colyer will face-off against fellow Republican Ryan Martin in the Aug. 3 primary.

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