A state House candidate went to extreme lengths recently to catch the person stealing his campaign signs -- and it worked.
Watt Jones, a Democrat running in House District 40, noticed his signs disappearing from an intersection at the corner of Durham Road and Thompson Mill Road in Wake Forest. After his signs disappeared two days in a row, he borrowed a wildlife surveillance camera from a friend.
"I went over there, strapped it to a tree, put more signs out and the next day they were gone," Jones said.
Jones checked the camera and found his culprit. The camera took photos of a man in a reflective vest putting his signs into the trunk of his car. Jones turned to Twitter to broadcast the images and ask social media users to identify the perpetrator.
But the ultimate breakthrough in the case of the missing signs came Friday when he drove by the location and saw a car pulled off the road. He confronted the driver -- the same man from the photos -- and wrote down his license plate, which he sent to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.
On Friday, sheriff's deputies cited Samuel A. Blackwell III, a registered Democrat, for taking the signs, a misdemeanor crime.
Jones, who is running against Republican incumbent Marilyn Avila, said he doesn't know Blackwell. But Blackwell seem to admit guilt when he stopped him. "He said, 'I'll vote your you, if you don't prosecute me,'" Jones said.
Blackwell is expected in court in late November.