ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio-- The GOP in Ashtabula County is reporting a major spike in the theft of Donald Trump signs.
They say surveillance video shows a car passing through a neighborhood where signs supporting Donald Trump and local GOP candidates are systematically removed from the lawns of supporters.
Trump signs have also been vandalized and even set on fire.
"I'm outraged by it. I think we should pride ourselves as Americans to have civil elections and peaceful transition of power, and you know this isn't juvenile behavior; this is violation of people's First Amendment rights," said Charlie Frye, GOP chairman.
Another video sent to the Republican Party in Ashtabula County shows a man running onto the lawn of a Trump supporter and stealing a sign. The local GOP chairman estimates 50 percent of signs have been stolen or vandalized.
The chairman of the Ashtabula County Democratic Party denies there is any organized effort to get rid of Republican signs; he points out that Democratic signs have also been stolen and damaged.
Republicans say one young woman, who was part of a group that stole a large number of Trump signs, posted a photo on social media of her standing on the signs. As a result, two adults and a juvenile are being cited.
The GOP is now urging homeowners to stand up for their rights by identifying those stealing the signs and then following through with police and prosecutors.