October 04, 2012WOLFEBORO — Police stopped and arrested three Camp Northwood counselors on North Main Street on a political sign-stealing spree in the early morning of Aug. 15. Two Massachusetts teens, John Thomas Murphy, 18, and Svetozar G. Fraganitchki, 19, along with United Kingdom resident James P. Wallace, 20, were found in possession of 13 signs, according to Sgt. Scott Moore of the Wolfeboro Police Department.
The signs, represented an apparently random sampling of signs in place along the roadside, including one large and four small Romney signs and an assortment of Republican and Democratic signs for candidates running for state and county races.
Murphy and Draganitchki were both charged with unlawful possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, theft by unauthorized taking and conspiracy to commit. The court recently fined each of them $300 on the alcohol charges and added a $72 penalty.
Wallace faced a charge of transporting alcoholic beverages and a yellow line violation in addition to the same other charges. Moore said that Wallace, scheduled to remain in the country until October on a work permit, was fired by Camp Northwood and sent home.
Asked if police had any clues about the destruction of two four-by-eight-foot Obama-Biden signs up for less than 24 hours on Sept. 6, Moore said that since the evidence remained at the site, it is unlikely that the culprit will be discovered unless someone comes forward to report information. He speculated that someone could have used a machete, a box cutter or utility knife to cut through the corrugated plastic – all fairly common items.
Some of the signs recovered in the Aug. 15 arrest have been reclaimed.