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Thieves steal campaign signs across metro Atlanta

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Both Democratic and Republican parties said they have seen an unprecedented number of campaign signs stolen or defaced in the weeks leading up to the November election.

"We've never seen anything like this before," said Roger Bonds, chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party. "Sometimes they'll go and slash them. Sometimes they'll write on them. And sometimes they'll literally deface them by putting animal or human excrement on them."  

Bonds said he does not believe Democratic leaders are behind the effort to remove signs of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"I absolutely do not believe the Democratic Party is behind this," said Bonds. "But I'll guarantee that you have street fighters out there, community organizers, that are telling people to do this."

Georgia Democratic Party spokesman Eric Gray agreed thieves are on a rampage as the election nears.

"I don't think it's the Republicans so much as it people who are very, very politically fervent in their beliefs," Gray told CBS Atlanta News. "And I think they're doing things against people's property and it should absolutely stop."

Betsy Kramer of Johns Creek said she and all her neighbors had their signs stolen recently.

"I definitely do not think it's kids," said Kramer. "I've had people give me the finger because my car has stickers on it. I've seen people give me these dirty looks." 

Both parties said volunteers continue coming to party headquarters asking for additional signs to replace those stolen or damaged.

"I'm ready for it to be over," said Kramer. "I think it's gotten to be really bad."

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