Falmouth police probe campaign sign thefts

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FALMOUTH — Police are investigating a report of stolen campaign signs.

Town Councilor Chris Orestis, who is running for a second term, filed a police report May 9, claiming that more than 50 of his campaign signs were stolen from private and public properties throughout town.

Police Department Lt. John Kilbride said thefts of political signs are common in every election season, but this report was “significant” in scale.

Orestis, in a sarcastic post on his campaign’s Facebook page, later accused an unidentified challenger for the theft. “We will all be looking forward to seeing your next display of brilliance,” the post said. “Please continue to dazzle us.”

Orestis, an incumbent, is running against three challengers for one of two seats on the council. His opponents are Caleb Hemphill, Erin Mancini and Charlie McBrady. The election will be held June 10.