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Midland County Sheriff's race has sign controversy

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(07/13/12) - Earlier this week, we told you about how campaign signs are coming up missing in Genesee County's Atlas Township.

Friday, there is an investigation into an allegation over a stolen sign in one heated Midland County race.

The race is for sheriff, and the accused, is one of the candidates.

The candidate actually admits he took the sign, but that it was done by mistake.

It's not clear if the Michigan State Police will see it that way.

"It is, when you have five people running, its anybody's race," says Myron Greene.

Five people are running for sheriff in Midland County. Incumbent Jerry Nielsen has decided not to run. The candidates are David Thompson, Ken Mault, Jim Chambers, Scott Stephenson and Myron Greene. Greene says he's had campaign signs taken down.

"I've probably had 20 to 30 signs of mine come up missing," Greene says.

But it's actually Greene who is on the hot seat in this campaign sign story. Earlier this week, Greene was driving down busy Patrick Road, not far from the Dow Diamond.

"I was driving by, I observed a competitor's sign on a property that I believed that I had exclusive rights by the property owner to just put my signs there," Greene said.

The sign was for Scott Stephenson. Someone actually saw Greene take the sign, put it in his SUV and drive away. A complaint was made to the Michigan State Police. Greene later learned that he was mistaken about the placement of Stephenson's sign when he talked to the property owner.

"I learned he had permission, it was their property, and I was going to bring the sign back and also put one of mine," Greene says.

Greene says he has been questioned by a Michigan State Police detective and it's possible a criminal charge could be brought. He has returned Stephenson's sign to the same spot. Greene is hoping his signs, with the catchy slogan "Wanted Myron Greene," don't turn out to be true.

"I don't know what crime there would be, but, you know, I was up front, open and honest about it," Greene says.

ABC12 talked to Scott Stephenson Friday afternoon, and he said since a Michigan State Police investigation was ongoing, he declined comment.

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