Palm Coast man charged with vandalizing political sign

Officer witnessed man spray paint campaign sign

Published On: May 23 2012 02:13:19 PM EDT
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -

Flagler County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Palm Coast man Tuesday evening after  they say they witnessing the man spray painting a political sign.

Steven Paskewich was charged on two counts of criminal mischief and taken to the Flagler County Inmate Facility. He was released after posting $500 bond.

Paskewich, 65, was seen by an officer spray painting the word "A******" across a campaign sign belonging to Trey Corbit, a candidate for Flagler County Supervisor of Elections.

Deputies said Detective Brian Finn first noticed Paskewich standing next to a Corbit sign at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and East State Road 100 where the same word had been spray painted on the sign. Finn then followed Paskewich to the intersection of Seminole Woods Parkway and East State Road 100 where he saw the man use the spray paint to vandalize the second sign.

Deputies confiscated the black spray paint as well as a firearm with ammunition from Paskewich's vehicle.

"Nearly every election, regardless of whether it's state or local, we receive complaints of political signs being vandalized. It is difficult to make an arrest unless a deputy actually sees the vandalism occurring and in this case, that is exactly what happened and an arrest was made," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming in a release. "We will continue to be vigilant in protecting these signs."