A Letcher County deputy sheriff serving an arrest warrant at Haymond said she opened the trunk of a car at the scene and found a stack of campaign signs stolen from sheriff candidate Barry Engle.
Engle, a retired state trooper, is chief deputy.
Sgt. Alisha Congleton said she was serving a Letcher County warrant for flagrant nonsupport on Samuel Eugene Adkins II, 42, at a residence on Middle Branch at Haymond, when she located other people with outstanding warrants, and a warrant from Pike County for failure to appear in court.
Congleton arrested Adkins on those charges and charges of resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, and menacing. She said that after Adkins was arrested, he told them that Christopher Scott Sexton, 37, of Haymond, who was also at the trailer, was responsible for stealing campaign signs in the area. Congleton said Sexton eventually gave permission to search a white Honda Civic with Virginia tags parked in the driveway. Congleton said when she opened the trunk, she found eight campaign signs belonging to Engle that had been torn down. Congleton said the vehicle matched the description of a car that was seen while the occupants stealing signs.
She said Sexton told her an unnamed person was paying him to remove Engle’s signs. Warrants are also pending for another person who allegedly assisted in stealing the signs. She charged Sexton with one misdemeanor count of theft by unlawful taking for each of the stolen signs.
Also arrested was De- Wayne Keith Hughes, 55, of Deane. Hughes is charged with third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking greater than $500, but less than $10,000.