Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

Pete Aguilar, left, and Paul Chabot.

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/27/16 – 5:54 PM PDT |

Redlands police are investigating a report from Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot that one of his campaign signs was stolen and replaced with a rival’s sign.

The Chabot campaign believes this has happened multiple times.

Chabot on Tuesday called on Democratic incumbent Pete Aguilar’s campaign to return hundreds of signs he says were stolen.

“Crime continues to rise across California and it’s unacceptable that a campaign of a Member of Congress would be directly adding to that increase,” Chabot said in a news release.

Chabot said he’s received reports of hundreds of his lawn signs being stolen from front yards in the 31st Congressional District. The Chabot campaign filed a report with Redlands police alleging the theft of a campaign lawn sign.

“These accusations are baseless and utterly false. It’s unfortunate that Paul Chabot would stoop so low with such desperate smear tactics,” Aguilar Campaign Manager Matt Liebman said in an email.

“Our campaign continues to focus on bettering the lives of San Bernardino County residents,” the statement said.

Aguilar, a former Redlands mayor, defeated Chabot in 2014 for the right to represent the 31st Congressional District, which includes Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Rialto, Grand Terrace and Loma Linda.

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