The Posey County Sheriff's Office issued a statement on Tuesday warning of the consequences of stealing/vandalizing political campaign signs after an increase of such activities within the Posey County community.
PCSO's statement says "plain and simple," taking a sign which doesn't belong to you is a crime.
"The Sheriff’s Office is aware of the increased political campaign signs being stolen or damaged in our community," PCSO's Tuesday statement read. "This, unfortunately, happens in most election cycles."
"Regardless of your political views or stances, these signs belong to someone and plain and simple if you take a sign which doesn’t belong to you, it is a crime," PCSO's statement went on to say.
According to the sheriff's office, Theft and Criminal Trespass are both Class A Misdemeanors under Indiana law, which carry penalties of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
"If you’re caught in Posey County taking property, which you have no permission to take, you may be charged," the sheriff's office's statement ended.