(TeaParty.org) – It is a time-honored, albeit very immature, tradition during campaign season to deface or steal sings supporting candidates one opposes.
It also just so happens to be illegal in many places, as one liberal professor in New York recently found out.
Professor Laura Ebert of the State University of New York at New Paltz was caught on camera stealing signs showing support for GOP candidates in a random person’s yard, and the footage, which was shared on Twitter, led to her eventual arrest.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Ebert has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny after she removing and stealing signs for Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro and Rep. John Faso.
In the footage the homeowner obtained via security camera, Ebert is seen pulling over, ripping the signs out of her yard, throwing them in the back of her truck, and driving off.
Homeowner Lisa McMerica shared the footage on Twitter last week, explaining that “My lawn signs for #NY19 @JohnFasoNy and @marcmolinaro we’re just stolen from my front lawn,” followed by an angry face emoji.
Comments under her original tweet reveal McMerica’s husband contacted and filed a report with police in addition to turning over the footage, which provided the vehicle information necessary to identify Ebert and make the arrest.
“Based off my observation of the security footage,” the arresting officer told the Free Beacon, “I patrolled to the residence and made contact with Ms. Ebert and she was subsequently taken into custody for petit larceny.”
“Ms. Ebert stated that she was ‘sorry’ and that she had disposed of the signs,” the report also noted.
Campus Reform was able to contact Ebert, who basically just complained about Republicans under the thin veil of an apology.
“I did it in a moment of weakness and high emotion,”she told Campus Reform.
“I meant no personal harm, and don’t know the person whose lawn the sign was on. I have family I love that support Trump, so I was after the sign, not the person,” she explained.
“I have apologized and feel bad, but clearly the GOP is putting a big deal (of) spin on this,” Ebert continued, essentially canceling out any remorse she might have indicated she felt.
“Many signs have been taken and disfigured, which, while no excuse for my bad behavior, doesn’t warrant the death threats I have received on my email about it. Nor the smear campaign after me, including notifying my supervisor,” she added.
The reason Republicans seem particularly miffed at this woman’s actions is because, no matter what she thinks, she is an adequate representation of the state of the Democratic party.