A college professor in New York was arrested after she was caught on surveillance video stealing GOP yard signs from local residents.
Laura Ebert, an economics professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, was charged with misdemeanor larceny for stealing signs supporting Republican candidates John Faso, and Marc Molinaro, from the home of Patrick and Lisa McGovern in Rosendale, NY.
Patrick McGovern noticed the signs were missing which promoted him to review the footage. Upon reviewing his surveillance footage, he saw the SUNY professor pull up to the signs, hop out of her truck, remove the signs out of the ground, and put them in the back of her truck on Oct. 30.
“It’s crazy in our area lately. It’s never been like this,” Lisa, a registered independent, told Fox News. “People are getting over-emotional.”
McGovern says the incident was “frightening” due to how close to their home it was.
“I kind of thought it was funny in a way, because of the times, you hear about stories of the professors being very liberal and not allowing people with conservative or Republican views to speak…almost like trying to shut down my voice, which seems antithetical to what a professor should be doing because we should all have a voice,” McGovern said.
After being caught and arrested Ebert said she was caught in a moment of weakness and high emotion and meant no harm to McGovern.
“I have family I love that support Trump, so I was after the sign, not the person,” Ebert told Campus Reform. “I have apologized and feel bad, but clearly the GOP is putting a big deal [of] spin on this. Many signs have been taken and disfigured, which, while no excuse for my bad behavior, doesn’t warrant the death threats I have received…Nor the smear campaign after me…”
According to the police report, Ebert is set to appear in court November 13, and it is unclear whether she stole more signs in other areas, Fox News reports.
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— 🇺🇸 Lisa McMerica🍀🇺🇸 (@LisaMcGov) November 1, 2018