Watts: Sign thefts ‘a deliberate and targeted act of vandalism’

With the Logan Municipal Election just two days away, Incumbent Mayor Randy Watts reported to police Sunday morning that more than 200 of his campaign signs were stolen sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.In an e-mail sent to members of the media Sunday night, Watts called the incidents “a deliberate and targeted act of vandalism.”The Logan City Police Department confirmed several reports of the sign thefts and said officers found a pile of discarded Randy Watts campaign signs near a burn pile at the mouth of Dry Canyon in Logan.According to police reports signs were reported missing from the Cliffside neighborhood, above the USU campus and on the west side of town.A police spokesman said Sunday afternoon that there were no official reports of any other candidate’s campaign signs missing, and some of the reports of missing Watts signs noted that other candidate’s signs were left untouched on some properties.In Watts’ e-mail to the media, he asked for assistance in getting the word out that if anyone found lost signs, to let his campaign know so the signs could be retrieved and not left littered around the community. Watts also said the wire stands were left behind at many of the places signs were reported missing, and he asked that people remove the stands so that no one gets hurt around them.”As I drove early this morning, I noticed that many of my campaign signs were missing,” Watts wrote in the e-mail. “I estimate that in total, about 3/4 of my signs have been taken, the majority of them in the Lundstrom, Hillrest (sic), Adams, Island and Cliffside neighborhoods. there may be other neighborhoods, but haven’t driven through the entire city today.”Watts also said that he’d received calls throughout the day reporting missing signs and added that he had one report of someone driving a vehicle on a lawn to run over a sign.Anyone with information about the missing campaign signs is asked to contact police at 716-9400.

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