The Chief Deputy did not "steal" any signs. He removed signs that were posted illegally on county right-of-way and immediately drove to the county roads office where he turned them in.
Major R. Scott Mergenthaler certainly did remove signs belonging to his boss Chuck Cave's opponent and isn't it interesting that he only removed Fitzgerald's. He didn't remove any signs belonging to any other candidate. I guess all other campaign signs in Howard County were posted legally. Come on!!! Who makes him the illegal sign remover for Howard County and how did he determine the "right of way." He was also accompanied by Chuck Cave's campaign manager, Mimi Mathews, in the middle of the day. Also, when Jim Fitzgerald's own wife caught Major Mergenthaler taking down the signs, she asked for them back and he wouldn't. I think that is where the "THEFT" occurred. If the owner or representative wants their signs back, he was obligated to give them back at that point. Also the nonsense about him "immediately" taking them to the county roads shop did NOT occur. Jim Fitzgerald's wife followed them from the intersection of MD route 175 and MD route 108 to the intersection of MD route 32 and MD route 144. That's not the quickest way to turn them in. Let the court decide, it will be interesting.