RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- During campaign season, it's not strange to hear of candidates' signs being stolen or vandalized. But Reno mayoral candidate Chuck Reno said two of his signs were stolen this week under some very unique circumstances.
"Up off of 7th I had a sign shifted and moved," Reno said. "I've lost signs on 7th Street up off of Kings Row."
Reno said his campaign signs stolen from 5th Street and Keystone Avenue Thursday morning weren't the first - but may be the strangest.
"There was an effort," he said. "They really wanted my signs down."
Business owner Roy Foster said they came in and asked him for wire cutters.
"They were women in their probably late thirties, early forties, two of them," he said.
Foster said they claimed to be switching out the signs with a larger one.
"It was pretty brazen of them to come and ask me for the tool to steal my sign," Foster said. "Of course I'm unsuspecting. I assumed they were changing out the sign like they stated."
"Could you imagine that?" Reno said.
Foster and Reno wouldn't have believed it if they didn't see it themselves. It was all caught on video surveillance.
"They cut down the sign, and they were trying to get this big sign into their little car," Foster said. "I went back there to kind of talk to them a little bit and noticed they had another one of Chuck's signs in the car."
Foster said it's not just a crime against Reno.
"I feel violated," he said. "It's my constitutional right, for my freedom of speech, to endorse a candidate."
Reno said he doesn't know why this happened, but he hopes none of his opponents was behind it.
"If it's really coming from another candidate, that's really bothersome because they want to lead our city and we do not need people like that leading our city," Reno said.
Reno has filed a report with police. No one from the Reno Police Department was available today to comment on the investigation.