Capdiamont\’s Weblog

UDJ: Arrest made in theft of Yes on B’ signs
Saturday 3 May 2008, 07:28
Filed under: Mendocino

Seems the Freedom of Speech is only for one side of the debate for some people.

By BEN BROWN/The Daily Journal
Article Last Updated: 05/02/2008 09:34:11 AM PDT

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teenager on charges of vandalism for allegedly stealing and spray-painting two Yes on B’ signs.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Purdy, 17, of Redwood Valley, at his home Monday on charges of misdemeanor vandalism.

“They found him at his house with the sign with spray-paint over the Yes’,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Rusty Noe.

Purdy was arrested after he was seen allegedly taking a sign from the 6000 block of North State Street and putting it into his truck. A witness got the license plate number of the truck and reported it to police.

Sheriff’s deputies found the owner of the truck and drove to Purdy’s house, where they found two Yes on B’ signs, Noe said.

Noe said it was possible Purdy had stolen and defaced several signs since they started showing up in people’s yards earlier this month.

According to the Yes on B Coalition, more than 60 of the campaign’s 500 signs have been stolen or vandalized. Some coalition supporters report having had their signs stolen as many as three times.

“The Yes on B Coalition will replace every sign that is stolen,” said Yes On B Coalition spokesman Ross Liberty. “This battle for free speech is just a reflection of the underlying battle for the future of this county, whether we will be dominated by criminal activity or whether we have a future as a place where our quality of life comes first.”

Noe said theft and vandalism of political campaign signs is not uncommon in
Mendocino County and that the Sheriff’s Office typically arrests one person per season on vandalism charges, though he said this year has been different.

“It’s not usually this heated,” Noe said.

The case has been forwarded to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

Ben Brown can be reached at



The newspaper is not supposed to publish the name of a minor in criminal cases.

Comment by John

As far as I have heard, yes and no on prop 8 signs have been disappearing in Eureka. It is sad and pathetic that people on either side of this topic feel it necessary to stoop to such a low level. I don’t want same sex marriage but I am not going to vandalize people’s property to prove my point. That’s just childish.

Comment by Joshua Woods

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: