Police: Tallahassee men attempt to steal stop sign on Election Night

Posted at 11:42 AM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 06:45:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two Tallahassee men are facing felony theft charges after they were caught trying to steal a stop sign on Election Night.

Alexander Wilson, 20, and Matthew Taich, 19, were arrested Tuesday night after an officer caught them in the act.

According to court documents, a Tallahassee Police officer noticed two men and their car stopped at the intersection of Collier Street and Madison Street around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The officer noticed that the men seemed to be putting something into the back of the car and were laughing as they were doing it. The stop sign and post at the intersection were also missing. 

Documents note that the stop sign there had been stolen numerous times, which is why the officer was in the area to begin with.

The officer then approached the men and ordered them to sit on the curb. As the officer inspected the car, documents say he saw the stop sign placed in the back of the vehicle.

Both Taich and Wilson were detained and placed into separate patrol cars.

Wilson agreed to speak with the officer and said that they saw the stop sign laying down and decided to return it. When asked where they were going to return it to, documents say Wilson hesitated and said, "DMV."

Taich did not agree to speak with the officer.

Based on the evidence, Taich and Wilson were arrested for grand theft of a stop sign, which is a third degree felony. They were both booked into jail on a $2,500 bond. Both have since bonded out.