SUNSET BEACH, NC (WECT) – A councilwoman in Sunset Beach says her first amendment rights have been violated after about 100 of her campaign signs were stolen.
Now, she's offering a reward more than double the cost of her signs, hoping to bring someone to justice.
Carol Scott says she placed hundreds of signs throughout the town, but this past weekend, she noticed all but a few of them were missing. She thinks the thieves struck Friday night.
Monday afternoon, she replaced a few of the missing signs.
According to a police report, the person who initially reported the incident said that a white pickup truck was involved. There are no leads at this time, and the case is still under investigation.
Two other incumbents, Karen Joseph and Lou De-Vita, also reported missing a few signs. However, Scott is missing more than 100.
Scott says she is shocked and disappointed, and she believes the thieves were making a personal attack on her campaign.
"Perhaps someone got a little too enthusiastic and perhaps viewed me as a bigger threat than some of the other candidates and removed my signs to hurt my candidacy," said Scott.
The missing signs are valued at about $300, but Scott is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Scott says it's not about the money; it's about the principles of the community.
If you have any information, contact the Sunset Beach Police Department.
Six candidates are running for three open seats on the Sunset Beach Town Council.
Election Day is Nov. 5.
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