Young people questioned after political yard sign yanked out of yard in Villisca


May 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No charges were filed following a case of apparent criminal trespassing and mischief Friday night, in Villisca. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report at around 9:05-p.m., about an incident which occurred at 111 west High Street, in Villisca, whereby it was determined that a pickup occupied by two young men had stopped in front of the residence.

One of the males got out of the pickup and entered the yard, grabbed a “Stephens for Sheriff” sign, yanked it out of the ground and threw it onto the grass. That same person returned to the pickup, which then took off. The Sheriff’s Department says the residents saw the act of Criminal Mischief take place, and managed to locate the suspects.

Officials say the resident spoke with the unidentified parties allegedly involved in the incident, and told them to stay off their property. Those same individuals were then observed by the resident leaving Villisca. The political advertisement did not appear to have been significantly damaged, and the residents declined to press charges.