Man claims someone stole Beto O'Rourke campaign signs from his Montrose yard

HOUSTON – The surveillance camera outside Joey Miniervini’s home in the Montrose neighborhood captured a person stealing two campaign signs from his yard.

He said it happened Friday around 8:10 p.m.

VIDEO: Person steals campaign signs from Montrose yard

“Saturday, when I was leaving my house, I noticed the sign that had been in my yard since November was gone and so I checked my security camera footage,” Miniervini said.

Miniervini told KPRC2 that a car first passed his home on Vermont Street, turned into a driveway, then parked in front of his house before waiting for street traffic to pass. That’s when Miniervini’s camera caught the person exiting the car, snatching the signs and driving away.

Miniervini is one of two homeowners on his street with outdoor campaign signs. The signs, which were displayed in the grass on metal stakes, were in support of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.

Miniervini believes the theft was political.

“The other theory could be that the person is also a supporter of Beto O’Rourke and they wanted the sign for their own yard,” Miniervini, a Democrat, said.

Beto O’Rourke’s campaign issued the following statement: 

“If they wanted a sign, they could have just gone to our website or come to an event and picked one up. Glad to see they’re so popular.”  

Those signs cost $10 on the campaign’s website and $5 if purchased at the campaign’s Austin headquarters. With the March 6 primary election approaching, Miniervini has ordered two replacement signs.

He’s also put two temporary ones on the empty stakes left by the thief.