[P]olice Sunday morning arrested a man accused of taking “Dean Martin for County Clerk” signs off of private property. Lee Belmonte, 58, of Bixby, was arrested just before 8 a.m. and booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of knowingly concealing stolen property. He was released Sunday afternoon after posting $1,500 bond.
Pat Key, Martin’s opponent in Tuesday’s Republican Party runoff for Tulsa County clerk, described Belmonte as a volunteer on her campaign. “I did not authorize or instruct him to take down signs,” Key said Sunday.
How did they catch the guy?
Frustrated by weeks of seeing Dean Martin signs disappear and nearly catching someone in the act last week Jared Martin [Dean’s son] said he got to thinking.
“I was like, you know what, I am just going to get a tracking device,” Jared Martin said. “So I bought this dog-tag tracking device. It was about $100.”
That was Friday. Martin said he used duct tape to attach it to a sign and placed it in a yard he knew had signs taken from it before.
(Via Mike McCarville.)
Update: The Martin campaign sent me a notification to the effect that they were requesting a recount, having lost by a mere 179 votes.