Photo courtesy Bill Wilson Shane Smith is pictured in an image captured with a game camera installed by Berlin Township Trustee Candidate Bill Wilson. Wilson installed the camera after his campaign signs started to go missing.

Photo courtesy Bill Wilson
Shane Smith is pictured in an image captured with a game camera installed by Berlin Township Trustee Candidate Bill Wilson. Wilson installed the camera after his campaign signs started to go missing.

FREDERICKTOWN — Several campaign signs have been reported stolen from the Fredericktown area.

Bill Wilson, a candidate for a Berlin Township trustee seat, reported that many of his campaign signs have been stolen. In response to the missing signs, Wilson told the News that he attached game cameras and tracers to the signs in hopes of catching whoever was taking them. And he did catch someone.

 

One of Wilson’s cameras captured an image of Shane Smith, a captain from the Fredericktown Community Fire District. This incident was reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, where it is still under investigation.

In a Facebook post published Thursday, Smith said that he “will not dispute that I am pictured in the photos that were posted on the morning of October 24, 2019.” The post he is referring to is from the Facebook page Vote Wilson For Berlin Township Trustee. That page posted the photos to the page yesterday morning asking for help identifying the man.

Smith also said in his post that he was putting up his signs that had an opposing view and “non-derogatory statement in regards to the election in Berlin Township.”

He mentioned that the political viewpoint on the sign was his own and not that of his employers.

The FCFD Chief, Scott Mast, is running for the same township trustee position as Wilson. Mast said that the department is currently looking into the event. As a candidate, he said he doesn’t think that it has anything to do with him.

The theft of a campaign sign is punishable under Ohio’s theft law.

The offense is a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

 

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