Man Caught Stealing Delaware Campaign Signs Turns Himself In

October 30, 2014

On Wednesday, a video surfaced of a man caught stealing Republican campaign signs in Middletown, Del.

"We got you taking those signs," First State Liberty representatives, who filmed the video, said. "You’re stealing those signs, put ‘em back. That is theft."

"No it’s not," the man stealing the signs said. "There is no name on these signs."

"Yes there are, right here," the FSL cameraman said. "Property of the Republican Party."

On Thursday, 54-year-old Dana Long turned himself into the Middletown Police Department Headquarters in response to a warrant for Class A misdemeanor theft, according to a news release from the police department.

Long, the husband of state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, was processed and was video arraigned. He was given an unsecured bail of $250 and released.

The campaign of Hall-Long's opponent, John Marino, placed 28 signs at an intersection, and they went missing Monday. Shortly after they were replaced, they went missing again. After campaign staff had replaced them, volunteers camped out near the intersection to see who the culprit was--and there, they caught him on video.

Reached at his home by Delaware Online, Long would not comment on the allegations. "I cannot at this point in time make any comments at the advice of counsel," Long said. His wife did respond, however.

"My husband is the man depicted in the video. The video shows him removing a handful of signs this morning. He turned them over to the Democratic Party and asked that they be returned to the Republican Party about six hours after they were taken up," she said. "Sadly, this race has become tough and personal. My husband is my high school sweetheart and he loves me very much. I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I'm disappointed and wish that it had not happened."