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Chambersburg Police find vehicle filled with GOP campaign signs

October 10, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Chambersburg Police Department was investigating the theft of Republican campaign signs after a vehicle filled with them was stopped Thursday morning in the borough.

An officer on patrol in an unmarked cruiser spotted suspicious activity shortly after 2 a.m. near the intersection of East McKinley Street and Brumbaugh Avenue, police said. The officer followed the vehicle, which fled at high speed along Coldbrook Avenue, police said.

The vehicle was found at the Wayne Avenue Sheetz, police said.

The driver, Philip M. Whitley, 19, of 1583 Brechbill Road, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia, and passenger Valerie M. Faust, 20, of 1864 Social Island Road, was charged with underage drinking, police said.

Inside the vehicle, police found 22 campaign signs for GOP presidential nominee John McCain and one for Republican state Senate candidate Rich Alloway. The signs were taken from properties both in and out of the borough, police said.

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Police said they were investigating how the signs came to be in the vehicle.

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