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Sheriff's and other Campaign Signs Vandalized in Queen Anne's County

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Sheriff Gary Hofmann places a cover over spray painted profanity on a campaign sign. Sheriff Gary Hofmann places a cover over spray painted profanity on a campaign sign.
STEVENSVILLE, Md.-Someone is messing with the sheriff of Queen Anne's County as his and some other candidate campaign signs have been getting vandalized.

On Thursday, Gary Hofmann said that the signs were put up about three weeks ago and since then it hasn't been the same.

Hofmann said that a total of six of his signs and several other ones were found either spray painted with profanity and lewd images, damaged or destroyed. 

Hofmann said the incident isn't the first time for him.

He added that someone vandalized his campaign signs the first two times he ran for sheriff but no one was caught.

"It could have been someone that I've locked up, it could have been someone I dealt with or who wasn't happy with a law enforcement response but the overall community is extremely satisfied with the services we are providing," Hofmann said, "if they are doing it they are generating support for the candidate or the person because of the attention they are getting with it."

Some people told WBOC that around the county  Hofmann is known as a respectful member of the law enforcement but added that sometimes the nature of that status comes with a price.

"Unfortunately I think the position that Gary Hofmann is in, he is bound to draw some attention, whether it'd be positive or negative," said Lesley Faff of Centreville, "but I still don't think that it's appropriate behavior to vandalize someone's sign."

Some community businesses across from the sight on Main Street said that the act is uncalled for.

"There are two schools right here and there are buses going by everyday and that's something I'm sure they are all looking at and that is not setting the right example," said David Llewellyn of Stevensville.

Hofmann said that according to state law, a person convicted of damaging or defacing a sign could face a $500 fine or up to 60 days in jail.

He said anyone with information about this case should call the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office.

Hofmann also added that he will be using his own money to buy cameras to help monitor not just his signs but other candidates' signs within the county.
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