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Stolen Romney signs returned to GOP headquarters

November 6, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

More than 40 presidential campaign signs in support of Mitt Romney that were apparently stolen from area yards were returned in a box left outside of the Marshall County Republicans headquarters Monday morning.

Tyler Heeren, director of campaign operations with the Marshall County Republicans, found the signs Monday when he arrived at the office, which is located in the Nicholas Center in Marshalltown.

"I was disappointed and confused," Heeren said. "I don't know why someone would take these signs from people's yards and return them."

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More than 40 campaign signs for Mitt Romney, which were apparently stolen from area yards, were returned to the Marshall County Republican office in a box Monday morning.

Many of the signs were crumpled up and damaged and on the outside of the box was written "We thought you might want these back" and "Obama 2012."

"Most of them have gotten yanked straight off the wires," Heeren said.

Liz Purchia, a spokesperson of the Obama campaign in Iowa, said this sign incident was not the work of her group.

"Our campaign in Marshalltown and across the state is focused on knocking on doors and making phone calls to get out the vote for the last few days of campaign," Purchia said.

Heeren realized this wasn't an act of the Obama campaign or Democratic Party and most likely the work of one or two people who took it a step too far. As of Monday afternoon, Heeren said they didn't contact the police about the incident and had no plans to file a report.



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