Erik Kleiner, brother of Democratic candidate for Fairfax County Sheriff, Stacy Kincaid, is charged with petit larceny for stealing campaign signs promoting Bryan Wolfe (pictured), the Republican candidate. (Courtesy Photo)
The brother of Democratic candidate for Fairfax County sheriff, Stacy Kincaid, was charged with petit larceny this week for allegedly stealing her Republican opponent's campaign signs, the Washington Post reported.
Erik Kleiner, 48, is accused of removing campaign signs from outside a Vienna restaurant on multiple occasions.
Wolfe told the Post that he learned from employees of Joe's Place Pizza and Pasta on Maple Avenue in downtown Vienna that Kleiner had stolen his signs more than once. Wolfe filed a complaint with Vienna police.
According to the Post, Wolfe then confronted Kleiner about it outside a recent candidates' forum, and said that Kleiner admitted stealing the signs but would not return them.
The Post reported that Vienna police investigated the matter, and that a detective found a few Wolfe campaign signs in Kleiner's car, at which point the Fairfax magistrate's office issued a misdemeanor summons against Kleiner for petit larceny.
As of Thursday, the Post reports that Kleiner has not yet been arrested.
Kincaid told the Post that her brother committed these acts without her knowledge and that she does not condone what he did.
Kleiner reportedly told the Post that he thought he was allowed to remove the signs and that the whole incident was being blown out of proportion, as he had apologized to Wolfe outside the forum that night, and Wolfe had allegedly accepted his apology.