Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rae Krawzik arrested in political sign stealing scheme | | St. Louis, MO

Rae Krawzik arrested in political sign stealing scheme | | St. Louis, MO

A former St. Ann alderwoman was arrested Tuesday afternoon for her role coordinating the theft and destruction of political signs belonging to a candidate she did not support.

According to Detective Aaron Jimenez of the St. Ann Police Department, two Ritenour High School students contacted police Sunday morning to say they had been paid to swipe the signs. The kids said they were at a party Saturday night hosted by Rae Krawzik, then known as Rae Peterson while an alderwoman, and attempted to steal beer, toilet paper and eggs.

Krawzik caught them and allegedly told them that if they wanted to do something bad, they should steal political signs supporting Eileen McGeoghegan, Jimenez said. She supposedly offered the kids $1 cash for every sign they stole.

The kids picked up 50 'McGeoghegan' signs, which Krawzik and her husband then burned, Jimenez said.

This all took place between 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, detectives said.

Krawzik served as an alderwoman between April 2006 and May 2010, but she lost her reelection last April. Detectives said she stole the signs to get back at a candidate who supported her opponent.

Krawzik was charged with stealing campaign signs, child endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and negligent burning for destroying the campaign signs in her yard. She was charged Tuesday with threatening a police officer.

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