Tennessee State Representative Curry Todd has been arresting by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for stealing an opponent’s campaign signs. A warrant was issuing on Monday after he failed to turn himself in Friday. He was taken from his home by officials on Tuesday on charges of burglary of property $500 or less, and placed in the Shelby County Jail.
The Sheriff said they made multiple requests that he turn himself in, yet Curry neglected to do so. Mark Lovell, whose signs Rep. Todd was blaming for taking, made an announcement to the media saying, “It is unfortunate that Curry Todd got capture, however he brought it on himself. He’s the one that stole the signs. It is my understanding that the police gave him a few chances to come in and tell his side of the story, but chose not to come in. I believe that Collierville, Germantown, Fisherville and Eads, which is District 95, deserves better than someone who thinks that they are above the law.”
The investigation began when assertions came in that the official was taking signs out of yards just before the race. On July 19, WREG’s Michael Quander received a mobile phone video that showed a man grabbing the signs out of the ground and fleeing. The campaign signs were the property of Lovell. At the time, Shelby County officials told WREG that Rep. Todd and the photographs were under scrutiny. A few hours after, he reacted by confirming that was indeed him in the video. He asserted he has consent from developers in Germantown and Collierville to advance his campaign and only his.
“They said you have permission to bring them down, my employees take them down, or anybody else can take them down,” Curry said. WREG calling the property owner where the signs were taken. She said she never gave Todd authorization to remove the signs. However, she also said it’s feasible that one of the fellow owners did. She would not elaborate.
This is not the first time Curry Todd has been in trouble with the law. In 2012, he was prosecuting by a Nashville Grand Jury on DUI and handgun charges. Police said he was drunk and had a gun in the SUV he was driving during a traffic stop. He plead guilty to those charges.