Beebe alderman caught swiping campaign signs
Corporal Steve Hernandez of the White County Sheriff’s office confirmed that the Beebe Police Department picked Cossey up for the crime. He was charged with theft of property — a misdemeanor — and was released after posting a $1,000 bond, Herndandez said. Cossey’s court date is Dec. 9.
He added the White County Sheriff’s office was asked by Beebe Police Chief Wayne Ballew to handle the charges because Cossey is a sitting alderman. That makes sense — wouldn’t want the city prosecuting one of its elected officials.
Cossey’s story is a bit unique. While it’s not uncommon for campaign signs to go missing, it’s usually mischief-making kids or enthusiastic supporters (click here for an example) who are to blame. But a candidate swiping an opponent’s signs? That’s unusual.
By the way, we got our mitts on this story due to a tip that was emailed to Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net. So, thanks to the tipster!
UPDATE: The elections are over and Cossey won.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.