We first told you about several large political signs that were reported stolen a few weeks back. Now, we are learning that some of those signs were not stolen, just removed.
2a and 2b are measures on the November ballot asking voters to approve a new public safety building. On October 12th we received a news release from Grand Junction Police and asked anyone with information about stolen political signs to call the crime stoppers tip line. It turns out some of those signs, specifically ones at 12th and Patterson were lawfully removed by the property owner, City Market. City Market told us in a phone conversation that they removed the signs on October 6th.
Kevin Kuhlman a member of Citizens for a Safer Grand Junction is who filed the initial report, saying the signs were stolen. He says he originally had permission to post the signs. A few days later City Market called Kuhlman to tell him they removed the signs. After receiving the call Kuhlman says he called police to amend his report.
Police say there are still many reports of stolen signs across the city and their initial release included multiple signs, not just the ones at 12th and Patterson. They weren't available for on camera comment today but said, 'the release that we sent out included at least five reports of stolen signs from various political organizations and groups... our message was stealing political signs is illegal and we wanted people to be aware of that.'
Kuhlman says he is working with the police department to amend his initial report.
Police want to remind people that stealing or removing these signs is a very serious offense.