At first, the resident had suspicions the thief may be one of his neighbors; an elder couple had complained about his “Repeal the New York SAFE Act” sign in the past.
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The gun rights advocate purchased a trail cam and placed it near the entrance to his driveway, where he placed his signs, and filmed away.
Sure enough, the sign was stolen again, but this time the homeowner had the evidence he needed to find out who the sign thief was.
As it turns out, however, the culpable party was a Somers police officer.
The resident, who goes by the handle “thecelt” on the NYFirearms.com forum, captured several photos of the officer arriving to his property, kicking over his sign and placing it in the back of his squad car. He also posted the whole riveting story to the forum right up until the moment he caught the bandit red-handed.
He did acknowledge throughout the 24-page thread it was technically a violation of town code to put signs within 15 feet of the road, but as another thread commenter noted, the ordinance subverts freedoms outlined in the First Amendment. Additionally, one of the town building inspectors had told him the sign was ok “for now.”
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