Dayton man upset over stolen, defaced Trump signs

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dozens of Donald Trump support signs were taken down, one of them was defaced on Wayne Avenue near Wyoming Street.

Tuesday morning, the business owner who put the signs up called Dayton Police to file a complaint. Matt, the owner asked 2 NEWS to keep his last name and business anonymous because he doesn't want his political beliefs to impact business.

Matt says he spent $500 dollars on signs and his freedom of speech has been violated.

The word, 'Fascist' has been spray-painted in big black letters on one side of Matt's 4x4 sign. The other side is covered in profanities.

"It's wrong what they are doing. It just makes the whole thing bad, but I don't think a little vandalism is going to hurt this movement. People are sick and tired of what's going on this country," said Matt.

Two officers spent about an hour taking Matt's statement and looking for evidence like spray paint cans. Sgt. Matt Beavers says whoever is behind it could face charges.

"Criminal damaging charge with maybe an additional criminal mischief charge. Both are misdemeanors," explained Sgt. Beavers.

Beavers believes we'll see more crimes like this as we get closer to November. As for this case, it's under investigation

"We're in a race right now where there are a lot of unhappy people on both sides and a lot of potential suspects out there. It's going to be hard to figure out who it is but thankfully a lot of those businesses have cameras," said Sgt. Beavers.

"I think they are starting to get worried that this guy is going to change the country and make it better again and they don't like him. So, they are trying to stop him and I don't think he's stoppable," said Matt.

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