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Florida man stole bulldozer and ran down Biden signs, cops say

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/26/2020 David Matthews
a person standing in front of a building: A Florida man stole a bulldozer and rammed over Biden yard signs. © Provided by New York Daily News A Florida man stole a bulldozer and rammed over Biden yard signs.

Reports of Biden/Harris and Trump/Pence signs being swiped from front lawns have ticked up as Election Day approaches, but a Florida man may have forever changed the election-vandalism game after stealing a bulldozer and running over Biden signs.

According to the Haines City Police Department, James Blight, 26, allegedly stole the bulldozer from a construction site in the central Florida town about 40 miles south of Orlando before driving it to a residential neighborhood and knocking over and digging up Biden signs on Saturday night. Several eyewitnesses saw the entire incident before Blight was taken into custody.

Former Haines vice mayor Adam Burgess, who lives in the area where Blight drove the bulldozer and took several photos of the man in action after he knocked down a fence on Burgess' property, described the incident as a hate crime since it’s a predominantly Black neighborhood.

“This man came onto my property, took the two Joe Biden signs I had in my yard and then came back with a bulldozer to run down my fence,” Burgess told Bay News 9.

“Why bring that to our neighborhood,” Burgess said. “This is a predominantly Black neighborhood and you’re coming over here with that? That’s not right.”

“To come into our community and destroy property -- it speaks to the dog whistles that Donald Trump has been putting out his whole campaign. Stand back and stand by and we have guys in bulldozers doing this. What does the president have to say about that?”

Burgess planted 20 new Biden signs after the incident.

Blight, who later claimed he was too drunk to remember what happened, was charged with grand theft auto and trespassing. He is also accused of driving over a speed limit sign and several other city signs.

With News Wire Services


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