Person wanted after setting campaign sign on fire

An employee at nearby car lot addressing the fire.. (Photo courtesy of WAJR-AM)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown police are looking for a woman who allegedly set a campaign sign on fire.

Two witnesses to the incident called Monongalia County Commission candidate Jeff Arnett over the weekend after the fire was set. The sign was located near the intersection of Halleck and Grafton roads.

“She got out of the car, walked over to the sign and kicked it,” Arnett said. “She proceeded back to her car, got something out of it, and went back and lit it on fire.”

A local car lot employee put out the fire without any injury.

Arnett said the act surprised him.

“I don’t know if it was traffic-related, if she didn’t like the location of the sign, perhaps. Maybe she didn’t like political signs,” he said. “I don’t know her motivation, honestly.”

According to police, the woman could face charges ranging from criminal damaging of property to intimidation.

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