KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY -

A Lenoir County man was arrested Saturday for allegedly stealing campaign signs.

Thomas Ipock Sr. was arrested at his home at 7:00 p.m. after witnesses spotted him pulling Ronnie Ingram's campaign signs out of the ground near the Vernon Park Mall Exxon Station in Kinston, according to police.

Three witnesses told police they saw Ipock removing the signs at 1:00 p.m. When deputies confronted Ipock, he allegedly told them he wanted Ingram's competitor, Rickie Pearson, to win the election for the office of Lenoir County Sheriff.

Ipock allegedly had seven campaign signs.

He was served 13 warrants, seven for possession of stolen property and six for larceny. Deputies still haven't identified where the seventh sign came from.

Police think the signs were stolen over several days, but Ipock was only witnessed removing the signs on Saturday.

The stolen signs have been returned to Ronnie Ingram.

Police confirm that Ipock Sr. is the father of a Lenoir County Deputy.

No bond information was available for Ipock.

Ipock has a court appearance set for September 25.