Pictured: Several of Sheriff Oscar Lopez's political signs were damaged by graffiti and one was set on fire Saturday evening, police reports said. The signs that were defaced are located on Reynolds and Cecilia streets and on the corner of Cameron and First streets. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

One set ablaze, the other spray painted with gang symbols

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Two political signs for Sheriff Oscar Lopez were defaced over the weekend, one of which was set on fire, police reports show.

According to a police report, police were dispatched to the Lopez's residence about 8 p.m. Saturday to file a report on the political signs.

One of the signs located on Cameron and First streets was burned.

On Monday, the sign was standing with the middle of it completely burned. The police report is labeling it as arson.

The second sign located on Reynolds and Cecila streets was spray painted with red paint. The sign was defaced with the letters "BAP 13."

The abbreviations stand for a gang - Brown and Proud. The number 13 is the chapter of the gang, officials said.

"When we catch anybody doing this, we are going to prosecute to the fullest," said Sheriff Oscar Lopez.

Lopez said the signs are expensive and he and the police chief will not tolerate vandalism in their city or county.

The police report said that an "unknown suspect set the sign on fire."

The Alice Fire Department was called out to extinguish the fire at 5:34 p.m. Saturday, Alice Fire Chief Dean Van Nest said. The case was referred to the Crime Investigation Division with the Alice Police Department, the police report said.

Sheriff candidate Enrique Saenz also recently reported that several of his political signs were stolen.