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Tired of thefts, man electrifies Trump election signs

Photo: Ray Gilbride

Photo: Ray Gilbride

BELLINGHAM, Wa. — Like many people, Ray Gilbride decided to show support for his presidential candidate of choice by putting a campaign sign in his front yard.

One sign was stolen, then two, three and eventually a total of seven Trump signs were stolen.

Gilbride said he was told by police he could do what was needed, but not lethal, to protect items from people trespassing on his property.

He started with a security camera, but that didn’t stop the thefts.

Then he decided to use an electric fence system and put copper wire around the sign.

Gilbride told KIRO Radio surveillance video showed a woman run up and grab the sign.

While he says the woman clearly got a shock of electricity,  she did get away with the sign.

“She just stopped, just a dead stop, and soon as the pulsing was done, she kinda got her senses and ripped them out and took off running down the street. But it was a pretty funny video,” he told KIRO.

While some people have criticized him, Gilbride said he’s’ received a lot of support, “The fact is, stealing is stealing. I’m getting a lot of that criticism, too, people saying it’s just a sign. Why do we prosecute kids for stealing just a candy bar? Situational ethics is wrong. Stealing is stealing. You’ve got to go back to the basics. If it’s not yours, don’t touch it.”