Authorities arrested three people Wednesday for damaging campaign signs at the Lee Anderson for Congress campaign headquarters.
Angelique Bane, 29, of Crawford Drive in Martinez; Kyle Austin Hobson, 17, of Waylon Court in Martinez; and Haley Nicole Craft, 18, of Beech Lane in Grovetown, were charged with two counts of criminal trespass. They were being held Wednesday in the Columbia County Detention Center, each on a $2,700 bond, according to jail records.
The three were already in custody after being caught by a security guard for Target in the Mullins Crossing shopping center, Morris said.
The guard found the trio had used a ladder to climb onto the roof where they were spray-painting "sexually explicit graffiti," Morris said. When authorities learned of the damaged signs, they interviewed Bane, Hobson and Craft and connected them to the vandalism.
Overnight, the trio used red spray paint to deface numerous signs at the headquarters on Washington Road at Belair Road in Evans, according to a statement released Wednesday by Anderson’s communications director Ryan Mahoney.
Anderson/Romney campaign signs throughout Columbia and Richmond counties also were vandalized. Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Morris said 32 signs were damaged.
“This is what Democrats do when they are losing,” Mahoney said. “This is ridiculous, inexcusable, and down-right criminal and we intend to press charges for this juvenile and destructive behavior.”
The damage was reported to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office early Wednesday.