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Friday, July 12, 2024

Law enforcement investigating theft of political banner in The Villages

Law enforcement is investigating the theft of a political banner in The Villages.

Gilbert Windsor of the Village of Bonita had taken his golf cart, adorned with a “Craig Estep for Sumter County Commissioner,” banner at about 8 a.m. Wednesday to the postal station in the Village of Sanibel. He left the golf cart at the postal station. When Windsor returned at about 8:30 p.m., the banner was gone.

This banner was stolen from a golf cart parked at a postal station in The Villages
This banner was stolen from a golf cart parked at a postal station in The Villages.

He contacted the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and reported the theft. Deputies reportedly dusted for fingerprints and have been checking surveillance cameras for any clues.

Estep, a Villager who currently serves as chairman of the Sumter County Commission, is seeking re-election. He faces Todd Coon, a candidate who is backed by the Developer of The Villages. Coon, who owns a company which does landscaping for new homes south of State Road 44 in The Villages, raised more than $100,000 in the most-recent reporting period. The vast majority of the money came from the Developer, executives working for The Developer and other loyalists.

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