Free speech has a price this week in Haddonfield. It adds up to the cost of replacing a limited number of lawn signs urging residents to vote no on the $12.5 million referendum on the public purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft property on Kings Highway East.
Haddonfield police reported three 'Vote No' lawn signs were stolen Sunday. The incidents occurred in the 100 block of Hawthorne Ave., and two in the 400 block of Estaugh Ave.
The signs were distributed by Haddonfield United, a group opposed to the Bancroft purchase. The group released a statement about the thefts earlier this week.
"Long story short, each theft can have an impact on our small supply and residents’ free speech," the group said. "Whether you’re for or against the purchase of Bancroft, you’re within your right to have an opinion. Do not let what is presumably a small number of bad actors deny you that right."
No arrests have been reported.