A 19-year-old Amherst woman was arrested Thursday night after police said she stole political signs off several lawns and admitted to the act.
A State Police news release did not specify which candidate the signs promoted, but a photo released by the State Police showed multiple President Trump signs. The signs in the photo either had the lettering of the president's name or had other design elements consistent with official Trump red-and-white and blue-and-red campaign signs.
Olivia R. Cinquinio was arrested by troopers and charged with petit larceny.
According to the State Police, troopers were dispatched to Brookhaven Drive in Clarence just before 8:50 p.m. – minutes before Thursday night's debate between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was to begin – for a report of political signs being taken off a lawn.
While troopers were headed to Brookhaven Drive, the State Police said, the complainant followed the suspect vehicle on Main Street; the vehicle turned onto Transit Road when troopers initiated a traffic stop.
Troopers said they observed multiple political signs in plain view while interviewing the driver, Cinquinio. They said the woman told them she had stolen signs from multiple yards. Cinquinio was arrested and processed at the Clarence State Police station.
Cinquinio was issued an appearance ticket for Clarence Town Court on Nov. 3 – which is Election Day.
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