OccupyMaine signs stolen by Occupy member, police say

Matthew Coffey (right) is among those holding signs for OccupyMaine in Monument Square in Portland recently.
Matthew Coffey (right) is among those holding signs for OccupyMaine in Monument Square in Portland recently.
Posted Jan. 19, 2012, at 1:51 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police say they have figured out what happened to the OccupyMaine signs that disappeared from the group’s encampment in the city.

As many as 40 signs were reported missing from the encampment at Lincoln Park last weekend. Deputy Chief Mike Sauschuck said Thursday it turns out that they were removed by an Occupy member.

A Portland Occupy member who is not being identified told police he removed the signs with intentions of helping to clean up the park.

Apparently other Occupy members weren’t aware of that and reported the signs missing.

Sauschuck says no one has been arrested or charged. Police gave the name of the person who took down the signs to Occupy’s attorney so a decision can be made whether to pursue charges or drop the case.

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