Republican caught stealing opponent’s campaign signs

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 6:21 EDT
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A County Commissioner in Olathe, Kansas has been caught stealing his opponents campaign signs. While the position is non-partisan, John M. Toplikar was listed as Republican in 2006 on Johnson County’s website. KansasCity.com also identified Toplikar as a Republican.

The Kansas City Star reported:

“Olathe police cited Johnson County Commissioner John M. Toplikar of Olathe on a charge of misdemeanor theft over the weekend after he allegedly stole two campaign signs belonging to his opponent, Calvin Hayden of De Soto.”

“Hayden’s wife, Kelly, and a campaign volunteer videotaped the thefts Saturday afternoon across the street from the Johnson County Election Office. She notified police, who found the signs in Toplikar’s van.”

“Hayden, who retired this year after a 27-year career with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, has filed four police reports for stolen and damaged signs. He is pressing charges against Toplikar, who has been on the County Commission since 2003.”

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David Edwards
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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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