NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Political signs in southeastern Pennsylvania have been found showing razor-blade booby traps, resulting in cut fingers for one resident, police said.
Upper Makefield Township police said on Sunday that a campaign sign for Democratic governor candidate Josh Shapiro had been placed on someone’s property without permission, and while trying to remove it, the resident discovered razor blades “placed around the perimeter of the sign.”
“Obviously this was intended to punish anyone who tried to remove the sign,” police said in a social media post.
Police said they inspected all campaign signs and found razor blades placed around the signs for two other Democratic candidates, John Fetterman and Ashley Ehasz. Fetterman is running for the US Senate and Ehasz for the US House.
Police said their investigations are continuing and warned residents to exercise caution when removing signs posted on their property without permission, and to call them if “tools” are installed on the signs.
“In the past election cycles, we’ve had to deal with sign theft, sign vandalism, neighbor disputes, etc., but this is the first time we’ve had to deal with this situation,” Bucks County Community Police said. and called it “totally unacceptable and a disgusting act.”
“Regardless of your political affiliation, regardless of your candidate’s preference, resorting to this kind of depravity is unacceptable and criminal. We can do better and we should,” said the police.
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