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Election Sign Theft Victim Receives 'Scary' Postcard

Sapphire Shores resident Jill Green has had her election signs stolen, destroyed and now has a postcard from the person who admitted to the crime with a bizarre message.

When Jill Green's election signs were first stolen this year in the Sapphire Shores neighborhood, she thought it was a case of sour grapes, but now it turned scary.

Green received a bizarre message on a postcard from the person who claimed to have stolen her Democrat candidate signs.

On one side of the postcard, there's a picture of President Ronald Reagan with "Hero" underneath and President Barack Obama with "Zero" underneath his picture. On the other side is a long rant about how Democrat yard signs attract criminals.

"I live around the corner from you and when I see signs that support Democrats I fear for the safety of our neighborhood," the person writes under a pseudonym, Bat Masterson—a 1950s TV character based on a real Wild West marshal. 

Green said she feels violated. 

"It scared me that this was not a Democratic society," Green told Patch via a Skype call from Costa Rica, where she spends part of her year. "Here's this guy who was willing to violate Democrats because he believes me that the Republicans are the only way to go, so let's get rid of Democrats." 

In early October, Green placed her two signs to show support for President Barack Obama and Congressional candidate Keith Fitzgerald, a Democrat, in her yard, and by the weekend of Oct. 10 her signs were stolen. 

Fed up with both the sign theft and her experience attempting to reporting it to police, Green wrote a letter to the editor to The Herald-Tribune that appeared Oct. 14. She picked up another Obama and Fitzgerald sign, placing it next to her door after that, those were gone the following day, and then in a week's time, she received the postcard. 

Green describes the neighborhood as politically and demographically mixed, and it's where Fitzgerald lives, too. Four other Sapphire Shores residents told Patch their Democrat yard signs were stolen, too, during October. But Green appears to be the only one who received the postcard.

"I'd like to know who it is," Green said. 

Here is the text of the postcard:

Ms Green 

My apologies for your Democrat yard signs, but I can explain. 

I live around the corner from you and when I see signs that support Democrats I fear for the safety of our neighborhood. When thieves drive through Sapphire Shores scoping out possible targets and see pro-Democrat yard signs they automatically assume that the subdivision is filled with retards and half-wits.

The gangsters think it's easy pickings because they already know that if a person votes Democrat they probably don't have the sense to come in out of the rain, not to mention locking their doors or securing their valuables. It is common knowledge amongst burglars that Democrats are anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment so when they see campaign signs that promote Democrats they know the homeowners are not armed and therefore unable to protect themselves from attack.

You are not concerned about a robber breaking into your home because you have the Sarasota Police Department to guard and protect you. You sleep safe knowing what a great job they did with tracking down the hooligans that took the signs depicting your misguided support. 

— Bat Masterson

This isn't the first time Green has had her election signs stolen. During the 2008 election, her signs were shredded, burned and placed in her mailbox, Green said. She didn't report that incident either.

"I was leaving again for Costa Rica again, so I didn't do anything about it," she said. 

She wonders if that person is the same culprit. 

"That was more violent and actually vandalism," Green said about the 2008 incident. 

But it is the first time she received a personal message like the postcard.

"That was scary," she said.

The only thing comical to her about this is the name the person chose to sign the postcard with — Bat Masterson.

"Let's get the posse out here," Green cracked. "It was grammatically correct. He's somewhat educated." 

Ron Turner, chief of staff for the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, says he has seen his share of bizarre or questionable voter intimidation tactics this election season, but the postcard? 

"That was one I haven't seen," Turner told Patch, but based on looking at it, it appears to be one person instead of an organized effort such as the suspicious citizenship letters that appeared to be from Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent. The FBI is investigating that case.

Another case the Supervisor of Elections is responding to a case where voters are being asked about their voting record, Turner said. When you voted is open to public record. Who you voted for isn't, he explained, but it's unclear of the motives for intimidating voters for their record. 

Turner encourages residents who have their signs stole to file a police report to get it on the books, as well as receiving evidence such as the postcard. 

The Sarasota Police Department ran 25 reports for various reports of criminal mischief, vandalism, theft, suspicious activity in the Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores neighborhoods in October and nothing related to election signs being destroyed or stolen returned. There's not a specific charge for election sign theft, so it's a difficult incident to track, according to the department.

Green said that's partially on her for not following through and making an official report, but as she explained in a Letter to the Editor, the Sarasota Police Department had issues with their non-emergency number and she had enough of playing phone tag to make a complaint.

"I would have called the police back, but I just kind of gave up," Green said.

Voters could also call the state's Voter Fraud Hotline at 1-877-868-3737, which deals with irregularities, though Turner admits he's not sure how the state could handle a case like Green's.

For Green, she just wants this to end—for every election.

"Of course I want it to stop," she said. "I wish this life wasn't like this and this was a true Democratic society, but obviously it's not."

Hawkeye November 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
TJ, I wonder if you said the same thing about bush.. it's going to tak a hell of a lot more than 4 years to repair the damages left by bush..inlcluding the tax bill that eliminate high taxes be imposed on the wealthy and the money saved from paying the same taxes as the middle class was to be used to create jobs.. well TJ, how did that plan work out and how many jobs were created - "0" ! Yet Romney wants to keep the bill alive and bama wts to abolish it. No TJ, you simply are not going to work miracles in 4 years pal.
kathleen caterino November 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
RIGHT Hawkeye, oh and BTW TJ, saying "anyone but Obama" is veiled racism.
Brian November 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Sorry Kathleen patch auto connected under my husbands name mine is Candy.
Brian November 04, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Dear Mr Haweye; The stock up on amo is not from fear of Obama,(LOL) it is from the US banning amo as per the United Nations treaty!
Brian November 04, 2012 at 05:53 PM
again you are not dealing with all the facts.
Brian November 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Again Haweye, you do not have all your facts If you have a retirement account----------------you are part of wall street I believe it was .....Clinton who said ..................everyone should have a house, cause the houseing market issue. Research before you type. It makes you look really bad.
Brian November 04, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Kathleen, Which, side the white or black. Ah yes Obama never talks about his mother!
Judy Tesch November 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
These kind of people are cowards! We all could do those kind of things, but we don't because we are kind, decent people who respect others rights to their opinions. And we respect the people who have fought and died to protect these rights. Come get me you coward under the cloak of darkness as you always do!
kathleen caterino November 04, 2012 at 06:12 PM
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/michael_smerconish/20121104_The_Pulse__The_smearing_of_a_president__From_start__unrelenting__unfair.html This election has always been a referendum on Barack Obama. For some, not on matters of substance. They can't have it both ways. It's hypocritical to distribute a vicious, false narrative about him while fancying yourself a patriot and a great American. Vilify a sitting president of the United States with fiction and innuendo, and you are neither.
Brian November 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
So again, before it is blown way out of per portion. Are you sure you are dealing with "republicans", it could be a very angry person from her past, or even a democrat! You see the mistake was putting it in the mail, that is messing with the US postal service and that is a felony! LOL and relying on a reporter for the "National Inquirer" is a mistake (Michael Smerconish). And you KATHLEEN have just commited your own kind of mistake, you did not put your quote of Michael Smerconish's in quotation marks, and that my dear is plagiarism! If you are going to use a quote, please do it correctly and you should have included the next few lines. Oh I'm sorry did you not want the "Bush" comment in there?
Hawkeye November 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Brian...you.said I.do not have all the facts....name me.one.single bill that came.across the presidents desk which would have been an attempt to violate one's right to bare arms...or an attempt to amend the second amendment Republicans are saying he's trying to do....why the lies brian?
Brian November 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Hawkeye, One more time................. it is not about what comes accross his desk, it is about the treaty with the united nations, look it up! Mr Obama is letting it pass with out any opposition.
TJ November 05, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Hawkeye, if you read my comment I included Bush with Obama as president's who have failed the American Taxpayer. Kathleen, you come across as very shallow. How is it that you would think that a comment "anyone but Obama" is racist? Since you seem to ASSUME that you are a Ms. Know it All....How's this...I gave him a chance in 2008 and he failed miserably and thus will not get my vote again. He should have been impeached a long time ago. As for Fox news., why does anyone assume that you have to be exposed to only Fox news to know the truth? Three cheers to those signs that say "fire Obama"!
kathleen caterino November 05, 2012 at 04:01 AM
That's PRESIDENT Obama to you, Brian! How disrespectful!
kathleen caterino November 05, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Impeached? ROFL........... NO,, that would be Bush for WAR CRIMES!
Brian November 05, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Just so I am clear, the woman who is scared is in Costa Rica? "Green told Patch via a Skype call from Costa Rica, where she spends part of her year." This is a waste of time! She doesn't even live here full time.
TJ November 05, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Obama took the office knowing full well what he was up against and he told the american people that he would create millions of jobs through clean coal (how many mines have shut down due to new regulations?) make our country energy independent (he stopped land leasing and squashed the Keystone pipeline), said he would be transparent - Libya, stimulus $$, failed energy companies @ the expense of taxpayers ($$ given to his buddies, they filed bankruptcy). Obama had his chance, he is a disgrace, a liar and a Chicago thug along with the rest of his host of actors like Eric Holder who is a disgrace to the justice system. Kathleen, keep supporting a failed administration, keep blaming Bush, your ignorance will add more debt to the household which last I heard was $150k. Keep supporting a chicago thug who has no agenda, has never passed a budget (so he can keep spending money) and has not even met with his own jobs committee in 9 months. How about the job czar (CEO of GE) he appointed to oversee the creation of new jobs, then closed GE plants and shipped the jobs overseas? I don't Bush was Obama's advisor for all of his failed programs and the idiots Obama put into high positions. War crimes. Obama can't back peddle his lack of concern for our own officials and agents killed in Libya. Obama cares nothing about America, his record speaks for itself. Obama has turned the White House into Disney World. He has no accomplishments. The Seals killed Osama, not Obama.
Astonished November 05, 2012 at 01:08 PM
The ignorance and vitriol here is astounding. It would behoove people to understand what "argumentum ad nauseam" is: the continuous repetition within media outlets until accepted as fact. People, just because you hear a dozen different political pundits, "news" anchors, talk show hosts, and editorialists say it does NOT mean it is accurate or true. Don't be sheeple. http://www.undispatch.com/no-the-arms-trade-treaty-still-is-not-a-un-gun-grab
Hawkeye November 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Brian, if President Obama let the treaty pass without any opposition at all, it would be political suicide. Brian, what is the treaty about.. I've never heard of it.
Kim Northrop November 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Dear Jill, I'm so sorry that happened to you. You have my deepest sympathies. I have a lovely edible landscape, two funny cats, a wonderful husband, and two Obama signs in my yard. Please come have coffee with me some day and let's turn the energy of this into something pleasant. Kim Northrop info@kimnorthrop.com
kathleen caterino November 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM
FLORIDA!! Be EXTRA careful when voting! Just saw this on Debbie Wasserman's page: Christine Scott... Debbie - Just off the phone with a friend who voted in southern florida. He checked Obama for President and then went about the down ballot votes. Apparently, at his polling place, the last thing you can do if you want to, although many don't do it, is review your ballot for authorizing your vote. He saw that ROMNEY had been checked instead. So, he unchecked Romney and re-checked Obama...and went through the process. AGAIN, it came up Romney. At that point, he got a poll worker who had him fill out a provisional ballot. This is NOT HEARSAY. I JUST got off the phone with him.
Brian November 06, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Dear Astonished Please be aware "argumentum ad nauseam" does not apply here. For you see I have gone to the cephal. Research is the key and you should not depend on second hand "web pages", it seems you have fallen privy to the same. Below has been taken directly from The United Nations Treaty, please feel free to do your OWN research. "Reaffirming the sovereign right and responsibility of any State to regulate and control transfers of conventional arms that take place exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional systems, Recognizing that development, human rights and peace and security, which are three pillars of the United Nations, are interlinked and mutually reinforcing, (Taken from United Nations treaty,11/05/2012, page 1) Emphasizing that nothing in this Treaty prevents States from exercising their right to adopt additional and more rigorous measures consistent with the purpose of this Treaty, (page 2)
Brian November 06, 2012 at 01:35 AM
continuation of treaty, 3. To refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations; (this is page 3, reading this means we will have to ask permission before we strike back at any "state" that may hit us first. We play by the rules they don't!) Article 1 Goals and objectives (a)For States Parties to establish the highest possible common standards for regulating or improving the regulation of the international trade in conventional arms; and (b) To prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and their diversion to the illicit market or for unauthorized end use; In order to: (To me these are pretty broad)
Brian November 06, 2012 at 01:36 AM
continuation of treaty Article 2 Scope A. Covered items 1. This Treaty shall apply to all conventional arms within the following categories, at a minimum: (a) Battle tanks; (b) Armored combat vehicles; (c) Large-caliber artillery systems; (d) Combat aircraft; (e) Attack helicopters; (f) Warships; (g) Missiles and missile launchers; and (h) Small arms and light weapons ( THIS WOULD BE THE ONE) Article 5 3. Each State Party shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures necessary to implement the provisions of this Treaty and shall designate competent national authorities in order to have an effective and transparent national control system regulating the international transfer of conventional arms. (hhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm ponder that)"
Brian November 06, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Kathleen, that is hear say, and another scare tactic!
Daniel Campana November 06, 2012 at 09:01 AM
It's great to see people involved in local civics. However large policy arguments may not be appropriate following an article on vandalism. It's nice to see however that our community values voter participation no matter which party they subscribe to. We will support the pride a citizen has in displaying their political choices even if they disagree with ours. Jill- Thanks for being involved in your government.
Hawkeye November 06, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Daniel, I respectfully would like to thank you for your post. Personaly and my opinion; It's the most honest, sincere and 'politicaly correct' post in the entire thread. The Hawk
Arthur November 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I'm an American Independent currently living in the nutland that is the State of California. It's so liberal out here they don't even bother to take polls. In the Castro District of San Francisco public nudity is legal (you just can't have an erection). Nice. Thank you Dianne Feinstein and Barabara Boxer. You must admit, the characterization of Democrats in that postcard was humorous. I myself think of Democrats as a relatively wild breed (in contrast to the fascism of the Republicans). They are the worker class, and every civilization needs them. Ant colonies and bee hives would not be what they are without them.
Charles Schelle (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I just watched the noon news on ABC and it looks like they decided to do their own version of the story that Patch broke.
Hawkeye November 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Arthur... finaly, a great lighthearted post what we truly need at this time.. (Some lightening up is what Sarasota really needs).. thank you my man for the great post. Now, about this crazy ridiculous noise ordinance in the 'Village'.. the bars and dining espablishments were there long before the condos were built.. Message to all you Condo Owners; "Take out your hearing aids and go to bed and let the business owners make some much needed money for God's sake...or just move! Now, about the food trucks.. the Village could use some culture diversity.. YES, food vending trucks can coexist with the restaurants..

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