Atherton resident Alicia Seebold has a "Dobbie for council" sign up in her front yard, but it's no thanks to a sign-nabbing woman who made off with its predecessor on Wednesday morning, April 9.
City Council elections, when they happen at all, are typically low-key affairs in Atherton. Jim Dobbie and Elizabeth Lewis are the two candidates for the special June 3 City Council election to fill the remainder of former council member Alan Carlson's term, which expires in November 2010.
This past week, signs for Mr. Dobbie have popped up around town, but some of them have been disappearing.
Ms. Seebold said she was standing at her kitchen window when she saw a white car pull up. A young woman hopped out, grabbed the sign and jumped back into the car, she said. She didn't see the license plate number, but she filed a police report about the stolen sign, she said.
"I'd be able to identify her if I saw her again," Ms. Seebold said. "I'm going to see this person again some time in town, and it's going to be a little embarrassing for her."
Mr. Dobbie said an election sign in his front yard was also taken that day.
"It's kind of amazing that it happened in broad daylight," he said. "We have 50 to 60 signs out at the moment, and we are going to keep an eye on them. We'll see if we can detect a pattern, and if we can, the police will be involved."
On Friday, April 11, Lindenwood resident Phil Lively said his yard "Dobbie for Council" sign disappeared, as did a couple of other ones in his neighborhood.
"It's an unfortunate thing to be happening, because those doggone things have gone up in price," Mr. Lively said.