by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
ELKTON, Ky - This is often a time when politics gets dirty, but a Todd County, Kentucky Sheriff's candidate said he's getting the last laugh after finding his stolen campaign signs.
Tony McCormick, 40, was already headed to jail. There was a warrant for his arrest on theft charges out of Logan County, Kentucky. What Todd County Deputy Tracy White smelled while serving that warrant may keep McCormick in jail much longer.
"I could detect a chemical odor of ether coming from the garage," White said.
Glass jars, sulfuric acid, drain opener and other materials White said indicated that McCormick was making meth. If that wasn't bad enough, tucked away in the back corner were two stolen campaign signs.
"It was just like, you've got to be kidding me," White added.
They were Deputy White's campaign signs. He's running to become Todd County's next Sheriff. White noticed that a few of his signs were missing but never expected to find them, especially not this way.
"Getting someone who is manufacturing methamphetamine is the most important part of it, but it was sweet to be able to arrest the guy who stole my signs."
So in addition to theft charges out of Logan County and Todd County's charges associated with making meth, McCormick was also charged with receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
"They laughed the night they stole them," Deputy White said. "I laughed when I put these charges on them."
Deputy White doesn't know why his signs were targeted. He said McCormick has a long history of drug arrests and Deputy White was involved in at least one of the investigations.