Bristol Sheriff Nabs Campaign Sign Vandal

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – The Bristol County sheriff was so fed up with people stealing and vandalizing his campaign signs that he decided to do something about it.

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says he and an officer from his department staked out a Fall River neighborhood and caught a man using a box cutter to slash one of his re-election campaign signs at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

The Republican sheriff says about 100 of his signs have been vandalized. He says the man arrested admitted to slashing other signs because he was angry after serving time in a county jail.

The suspect had no known ties to rival campaigns. Hodgson's challengers – Democratic state Rep. John Quinn, and independent Alan Garcia, a retired state trooper – say dozens of their signs have been vandalized too.

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