It also noted “during this challenging time, and particularly as we enter an election season…The freedom of expression, political or otherwise, is a fundamental American right, and it will be protected in the city of Oakwood.”
Last weekend’s thefts were reported from homes on East Drive, Forrer Boulevard, Hathaway Road, Monteray Avenue, Oak Knoll Drive, Peach Orchard Avenue, Shroyer Road, and Telford and Triangle avenues, police records state.
One resident said the thefts included signs advocating for Biden, the Democratic Party presidential nominee, and LGBTQ signs/flags, but police reports do not mention those.
The city’s statement, however, acknowledged “several yard signs and flags.”
Oakwood police reports indicate one resident described a suspect as having a medium build with short hair, up to half inch.
On July 17, four residents of Wonderly Avenue reported stolen Black Lives Matter signs, according to police records.
Police reports do not indicate the July and August crimes are related.
Last month, two neighborhood women whose names were redacted from records admitted to taking signs and burning them in their backyard, according to police.
One woman told police they were drinking alcohol and “blowing off steam,” reports indicate.
The two women apologized and said the signs would be replaced, police records show.