Man accused of stealing political signs pleads 'not guilty'

Man accused of stealing political signs pleads 'not guilty'
In this screen grab taken from the political group's surveillance video, a man is seen stealing a political sign in the Vancouver area.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A man accused of stealing political signs around Vancouver pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge on Thursday.

John Ellis is facing a charge of removing or defacing a political advertisement.

Ellis could end up in a diversion program if he changes his plea to guilty by his next court date, which is Nov. 1. He is currently being screened for the diversion program.

Ellis was charged after a political group got tired of signs for a Republican candidate disappearing and set up a camera to catch the suspect. Police went to talk to Ellis after seeing a video clip from the group.