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An AirTag led police to a dumpster filled with more than 100 stolen campaign signs in Philadelphia. The Tredyffrin Township Police Department has received numerous reports of stolen political signs. The signs supported Democratic candidates or causes such as reproductive health issues. Something is loading.

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An AirTag led police to a dumpster filled with more than 100 stolen Democratic campaign signs in Philadelphia, according to the Tredyffrin Township Police Department.

In a press release, the police department said it received numerous reports of political signs being stolen by members of the community between October 10 and 13.

Police say a person whose signs were stolen told them one of their signs had an AirTag on it, which led officers to a commercial dumpster behind the Valley Fair Mall where they uncovered more than 100 placards. The department did not release the name of the resident who attached the AirTag to the campaign sign or why he did so.

AirTags are a tracking accessory that helps users find anything the AirTag is attached to by integrating with Apple’s “Find My” app.

Law enforcement told BuzzFeed News that the political signs support Democratic candidates or causes such as reproductive health issues and Black Lives Matter. The outlet spoke to Tredyffrin Township resident Sandy Gilson who noticed four political signs, including one for Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, were missing.

Arlene Talley, Gilson’s friend and member of the Chester County Democratic Committee, told BuzzFeed News she showed up at the dumpster after Gilson told her where they were and found 118 signs.

“I just started taking them out and putting them in my car,” Talley told BuzzFeed.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Melissa Shusterman tweeted that her signs had been taken down and accused “local Republicans” of stealing them.

Raffi Terzian, the chairman of the Chester Country Republican Party, issued a statement in response to Shusterman’s allegations, saying it was unfortunate that the representative “decided to try to score political points with this issue using rhetoric very charged and divisive and pointing the blame at local Republicans”.

Terzian’s statement condemned the thefts and said the Republican Party had also received reports of missing or vandalized signs.

The police department said they have no suspects at this time.

—Melissa Shusterman (@MelissaForPA) October 12, 2022

The Apple AirTag has been used to track campaign signs before: In April, a candidate in Florida used an AirTag to track a stolen campaign sign located in a Jeep parked outside his political rival’s house.

The Tredyffrin Township Police Department and representatives for Shusterman did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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