ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - As usual during election season, people are stealing candidate signs from Albuquerque front yards, but this time some victims are fighting back in a way we've not seen before.
The signs being swiped belong to Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton.
"In two previous campaigns we never had any kind of extensive sign theft the way we've had this time," Benton said.
Councilor Benton is vying for the city council district two seat after boundary lines were re-drawn pushing him out of his current district three seat.
He said the thefts started happening last week in the North Valley and Country Club neighborhoods.
"When you're on a public financed campaign, ya know we really don't have the budget to be buying hundreds of more signs for people so its very disappointing," said Benton.
His supporters though got creative. Instead of requesting the original signs, they came up with their own to replace the ones that were stolen and shame the thieves in the process.
"You can steal my sign but not my vote is what is said," Neighbor Mark Money said.
Money is one of Benton's supporters.
He had to put that new sign up after his original was swiped from his front yard last week.
The new one though did not last long either.
"This is an empty wire frame that's the remains of the second sign that we put up for Isaac Benton," said Money.
That's right, someone stole his, "someone stole my Ike Benton sign" sign.
"It's just a shame," he said.
Benton is running against Councilor Roxanna Meyers for the seat.
Councilor Meyers told News 13 over the phone on Wednesday she had some of her campaign yard signs swiped from neighborhoods in the North Valley but that she just assumed they had been blown away, not purposely taken.
When she heard about the widespread theft of the signs she said she did not think her supporters or Councilor Benton's supporters would have any kind of involvement in taking signs.
News 13 asked Benton if he had any idea who might be behind the thefts, he said he had no idea.
Neighbors said at this point it's a mystery.
"I really don't know, maybe somebody is doing it to both and I don't think it would be a fair characterization until I knew for sure but its sure not the tooth fairy running around taking these," Money said.
Money is hoping the third time is the charm, he said he does plan to put up yet another Benton sign in his yard and this time try to secure it better.
Some of the neighbors told News 13 there might be security camera video of the culprits in action, but so far it has not surfaced.
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