MIDDLETOWN – On Sunday, Oct. 14, Middletown Police arrested township resident Irvin Beaver, 73, for the theft of political signs. Police have been investigating the theft of signs belonging to candidates who are running for election to the Township Committee, the Middletown Board of Education, and other political offices.
The thefts have resulted in the loss of hundreds of signs, which is a significant increase over what has been seen in years past, police said.
As a result of the increase, Middletown Police increased their patrols in areas where the thefts were occurring. While engaged in the proactive patrol, police observed Beaver in the act of the stealing the signs. Beaver was observed taking the signs, placing them in his vehicle, and leaving the scene. Beaver was subsequently stopped by police on Cherry Tree Farm Road near the intersection with Chanowich Court and placed under arrest.
Beaver was charged with two counts of theft and released on a summons complaint pending an appearance in municipal court.
Any persons arrested or charged with offenses are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty or plead guilty in a court of law.