Commissioner candidate was not stealing signs, police say

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 31, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.

Allegations of wrongdoing about a Victoria County Commissioner candidate were proven false, according to information Victoria Police Department released Thursday.

Annie Ramos, a candidate in the July 31 runoff election for Precinct 1 commissioner, said she was falsely accused of stealing other candidates' campaign signs Tuesday morning, before voters arrived at the polls for the primary election.

About midnight Tuesday, Ramos, her son and a friend were near Water and Hopkins streets, putting out campaign signs for her race, and three other candidates running for Democratic Party nominations, Ramos said.

Sgt. Eline Moya said an officer was asked to investigate what Ramos and her team were doing.

"It's not uncommon to receive this type of call of improper or illegal activity during an election year," Moya said. "It came in as a candidate taking election campaign signs."

The investigation revealed no illegal or improper conduct, Moya said.

"Contrary to that, the candidate was putting out signs for other candidates," Moya said.

Stealing campaign signs is considered a Class B Misdemeanor if the sign costs between $50 and $500, according to the Texas Penal Code. It is a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the sign is less than $50.



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