Commissioner Files Report of Stolen Signs

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ A Johnson County commissioner accused of
stealing his opponent's campaign signs says he was only trying to
be helpful.

John Toplikar says he moved Calvin Hayden's two signs because they were blocking his own.

And in a report filed Wednesday with Olathe police, Toplikar says his campaign signs also have been stolen or destroyed.

Toplikar was cited for misdemeanor theft on Saturday after being videotaped allegedly taking signs belonging Hayden, who's a retired
sheriff's deputy.

Toplikar says he pulled up the signs and tossed them into his van so he could drive them to a van he thought was Hayden's to talk to him.

Police found Hayden signs in Toplikar's vehicle and cited him for misdemeanor theft.

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