Commissioner Charged With Taking Rival's Signs

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Police in suburban Kansas City say a county commissioner is charged with stealing two of his opponent's campaign signs.

Johnson County Commissioner John Toplikar was cited for misdemeanor theft after allegedly taking signs of his opponent, Calvin Hayden. Hayden's wife, Kelly, and a campaign volunteer videotaped the thefts Saturday across the street from the county's election office.

The Kansas City Star on Monday reported that Kelly Hayden notified police, who found the signs in Toplikar's possession. The Star said Toplikar could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

The Haydens said they saw Toplikar throw signs on the ground on Friday, but were told by police that they couldn't take action unless the crime was caught on tape.

Kelly Hayden said she was up early the next day -- with a video camera.

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