Local politician accused of stealing campaign signs

By Bill Balleza - Anchor , Jill Courtney

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - A local politician is accused of stealing his opponent's signs.

A surveillance camera hidden in a tree captured the images of someone stealing a campaign sign from a street corner off the Southwest Freeway in Meadows Place.

The sign belonged to Kris Allfrey. He's running for Fort Bend County Independent School District Trustee Position 5.

"Well, I put up a second sign and it was gone within 24 hours," said Allfrey.

He had three signs stolen from that intersection. 

Allfrey set up a hidden camera because he wanted to see who taking his signs.

"I never expected to see an elected official of any sort on that camera -- especially not a sitting school board member," said Allfrey.

Allfrey said the man on the camera is Bruce Albright who is a current Fort Bend ISD trustee running for reelection.

But Albright is not running against Allfrey.

Removing campaign signs is against the law.

Meadows Place police confirmed to Local 2 that this case is under investigation, and Albright is a possible suspect. 

Local 2 reached out to Albright's campaign for comment, but they did not returned our calls.

"I have never stolen anyone's campaign signs," a Albright wrote in a Facebook post. "I did remove one of Kris Allfrey's signs from the private property of Helfman Ford, which I am an agent for the owner."

That piece of land is owned by Helfman Ford, and they told Local 2 Allfrey did have their permission to put a sign there.

In fact, Allfrey has a letter which said so.

Meadows Place police said charges are likely to come in the next few days.

The person stealing the campaign signs faces a misdemeanor theft charge, which could mean a fine of up to $2,000 and jail time.

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