Two men were charged with petty theft Friday for allegedly stealing election lawn signs belonging to Burbank Unified school board candidate Charlene Tabet, officials said.
The men — Sevada Isayan and Vahe Assarian — were reportedly seen leaving former school board member Denise Wilcox’s Burbank home with Tabet’s sign.
“They jumped out of the car and grabbed the sign,” Wilcox said Friday.
After the incident, Wilcox said her husband ran to his car and tailed the suspects while calling the police.
Police reported finding several — fewer than 10 — of Tabet’s lawn signs in the car, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.
As a former board member who “ran a couple campaigns,” Wilcox said she was offended by the apparent attempt to “influence the campaign by stealing yard signs.”
“People spend a lot of money — their own money — on their campaigns,” she said.
And if a candidate is behind the thefts, he or she should drop out of the race, Wilcox added.