Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey who is up for re-election this November has been caught stealing political campaign signs.

Mr. Templeton exercised his rights and dispersed 120 campaign/yard signs (on public and private land) last week in approximately 25 locations, spanning across Linn County. Mr. Templeton realized that within 24 hours, 116 of the 120 signs had been stolen.

William Templeton, Albany resident filed an Ethics Complaint with the Oregon Ethics Commission in June of this year, citing Lindsey had violated three Oregon Revised Statues (ORS 244.040(1), 244.040 (4) and 244.120(2), all of which fell under the guidelines of the Oregon Ethics Commission. On August 20, 2018 the Oregon Ethics Commission unanimously voted that the complaint warranted a full and complete investigation.

Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey who is up for re-election this November has been caught stealing political campaign signs

Mr. Templeton exercised his rights and dispersed 120 campaign/yard signs, worth an estimated $7,000, (on public and private land) last week at approximately 25 locations, spanning across Linn County. Mr. Templeton realized that within 24 hours, 116 of the 120 signs had been stolen. Surveillance footage was retrieved from a local business, showing Commissioner Lindsey stealing 4 of the signs on Thursday night, at approximately 11:55 p.m. from private property.

Actual footage placed into evidence at Linn County Sheriff’s Office of Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey stealing signs off of public property.

“Sure, I removed some of those signs. You betcha…
– John Lindsey, Albany Democrat-Herald”

Once discovering the theft, Mr. Templeton filed a police report with the Linn County Sheriff’s office, at which time, he turned over the surveillance footage of the theft. Mr. Templeton was also able to obtain clear, full color photos of Commissioner Lindsey stealing additional signs on Saturday, September 22nd.

In addition to the theft of the signs, additional charges could include destruction of private property, vandalism, trespass, tampering with an election and criminal misconduct in the first degree by a public official.

Linn County Sheriff’s office evidence reports showing Linn County Commissioner stealing signs.

Linn County Sheriff’s office has referred the case to the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Justice due to the nature and seriousness of the crime.

Questions and/or inquiry can be directed to William Templeton at 503.949.1740

Reference: Linn County Case No: 18-04307 and 18-04337

Complete list of sign locations as requested from the Linn County Sheriffs Office:

A complete list of the stolen signs and the public and private locations that the signs were posted.

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