Bulldozer thief drove through Florida town allegedly digging up Biden-Harris campaign signs

A man's bulldozer rampage across a Florida town destroyed several front yards and multiple Biden-Harris campaign signs, police say.

10/26/2020 6:40:00 PM

A man's bulldozer rampage across a Florida town destroyed several front yards and multiple Biden-Harris campaign signs, police say.

James Blight was arrested in Haines City, Florida for allegedly stealing a bulldozer to dig up and vandalize the homes of people displaying Joe Biden signs.

ByTim FitzsimonsOne man's bulldozer rampage across a Central Florida town destroyed several front yards and multiple Biden-Harris campaign signs, according to Haines City Police.James Blight, 26, was arrested and charged Saturday with grand theft auto and trespassing, with additional charges possible, Mike Ferguson, public information officer for the Haines City Police, said in an email Monday.

'Beyond an embarrassment,' legal experts say of Trump and Giuliani's floundering efforts in court Biden Team Finally Gets .Gov Domain, Federal Cybersecurity Support After Weeks Of Using Google JFK Jr. would’ve been 60 this week. Friends say his legacy is about ‘who he would’ve become’

"Blight told police that he had been drinking whiskey all day and did not remember most of the day," Ferguson wrote."He said that he couldn’t help but hit the Joe Biden signs and acknowledged to taking down a fence in the process. Blight said he did not know how to operate the equipment."

Ferguson said that investigators learned that"Blight took out a private chain link fence and several political signs" and a"city-owned speed limit sign."“It’s absurd that a grown man could think he had the right to destroy someone else’s property based on a difference in political opinion. The fact that he was driving this heavy equipment, that he did not know how to operate, down busy roads could have been disastrous. We’re thankful that no one was hurt in this matter,” Haines City Police Chief Jim Elensky said.

Cornelius Marion, a neighbor who saw the attack, told NBC News on Monday that he thought something didn't look right as soon as he saw the bulldozer."He revved up the engine and rammed the fence," Marion said. Then he saw him scooping up the yard and the Biden-Harris campaign sign atop it."I thought: 'That doesn't look right,'" Marion said.

"I jumped into my truck and called 911 and followed him along, and the whole time he's riding down the road, he's yelling at people, cussing them out," Marion continued, alleging that the suspect told one person at an intersection,"I'm going to run you over."

A man allegedly used a bulldozer to rip Biden campaign signs in Haines City, Fla.Courtesy Cornelius MarionThen during this slow-motion bulldozer chase across town — cars were backed up behind the slow machine, Marion said — the suspect passed by another lawn with multiple Biden-Harris campaign signs.

"He took the front end and dropped it down and dug it up," Marion recalled."That’s where, at the same time, he hit the 15mph speed limit sign and knocked it down."Marion said that the white suspect vandalized a predominantly Black neighborhood.

Need a Covid nurse? That'll be $8,000 a week America’s Largest Private Companies Dozens charged in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

"He claimed he was drunk, but if he was drunk could he steal and drive a tractor right up here to this area, that's a predominantly Black area? Operating the backhoe like a normal person?" Marion said."I understand he was saying, 'I accidentally ran into something,' but no, you deliberately dropped your front end loader at the other house and you just scooped up in their yard so I don't buy the drunkenness part."

Ferguson said the investigation was ongoing and that Blight was arrested and transported to Polk County. Read more: NBC News »

Trump-Biden transition live updates: Johnson latest leader to congratulate Biden

President Donald Trump has promised a prolonged legal fight over an election he refuses to concede while President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward with his transition.

Dang, and they call us snowflakes? How sensitive do you have to be to not be able to tolerate signs on someone’s private property? Snowflake to the 10th power! Typical realDonaldTrump supporter Oh no, he destroyed the free, plastic campaign signs lol You didn’t mention the farmer that got all his machinery burned up because of a Trump sign? Millions of dollars up in flames 🔥. No coverage Wow fakenews Trump 2020

Economic anxiety. Sounds about right for a Trump supporter. He needs prison not to be picky but, that's a back hoe not a bulldozer These ppl gonna lose their shit next week 🤣 Deplorable Blight . . . perfect 🙄 Yep, Trump followers are normal, rational guys . . . no stock Or the individual yesterday who pulled a gun on kids because they were holding Biden/Harris signs across the street from voters in line.

Hopefully, he will still be in jail on voting day. OneLessTrumpVote Throw the book at him. Removing political sign, property damage, theft and a DUI! Tired of these violent MAGA creeps Bill19300155 This is not a bulldozer it's a backhoe. Get your shit straight. Well, that's a rational thing to do.

Obama mocks Trump at a Miami Biden rally: 'Florida Man' wouldn't even do this stuff''Trump wants full credit for the economy he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic he ignored,' former president Barack Obama said Saturday. I have lost all the respect I had for him! He should never be part of any election. Did anyone actually hear it with all the Trump people Joe Biden is the Godfather of the family, which sells access to super corrupt and hostile govs. $10 mil per year for 'introductions only'. WTF Joe Biden es el Padrino que vende acceso a los corruptos. Se cobra $10 milliones 'para introducciones'. ¿Que Carajo es esto?

Trump, Biden Try Rallying Their Supporters In Key Must-Win StatesWith just 10 days to go, Trump and Biden are pleading with their supporters to help them — particularly in several key states. A very good mental health team may help Trump...maybe Who you voting for?

Fauci and Biden advocate a federal mask mandate, as new COVID-19 infections surge“If people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating,' Fauci told Erin Burnett on CNN’s “OutFront” on Friday Fauci needs to go away Will he standardize all masks to endure all masks really effective? And then mandate proper handling of said masks? 'Pneumonia was caused when bacteria that normally inhabit the nose and throat invaded the lungs along a pathway created when the virus destroyed the cells that line the bronchial tubes and lungs.'

Progressives push for Warren as treasury secretary, signaling bigger ideological battle if Biden winsProgressives are pushing hard to see Sen. Warren leading the Treasury Dept., signaling bigger ideological battle if Joe Biden wins. This is what voters should fear. doesnt seem like much of a fight...dems will let this happen NO !!! THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT !!!

Microsoft quietly prepares to avoid spotlight under BidenMicrosoft Corp, which has largely evaded Washington's scrutiny of Big Tech companies and scored a lucrative $10 billion government contract under the Trump administration, has emerged as a significant backer of the Biden campaign.

Microsoft quietly prepares to avoid spotlight under BidenMicrosoft Corp, which has largely evaded Washington's scrutiny of Big Tech companies and scored a lucrative $10 billion government contract under the Trump administration, has emerged as a significant backer of the Biden campaign.