The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office is still investigating a misdemeanor theft case from May.
Then-Fort Bend ISD school board member and Position 4 candidate, Bruce Albright, had been arrested for stealing another signs from Position 5 candidate, Kris Allfrey, in front of Helfman Ford in Meadows Place – where Albright is employed. Both men lost their respective campaigns to Kristin Tassin and K.P. George, respectively.
A surveillance camera, set up by Allfrey, a Position 5 candidate, allegedly captured Albright taking one of Allfrey’s signs from the dealership.
Albright contends that “he’d never stolen anyone’s campaign signs”, but he did remove an Allfrey sign from Helfman Ford because he worked there. Allfrey said he had permission to put his signs on the dealership’s property.
The question now is whether Albright stole signs when it wasn’t captured on camera, and that will determine whether he faces a Class B misdemeanor theft charge or a lesser Class C misdemeanor theft charge, according to Wesley Wittig of the Fort Bend DA’s office.
Each sign is valued at about $50. A Class B charge would result in a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail – with a wide range of penalties in between. The Class C charge would be handled by Meadows Place’s misdemeanor court.
The statue of limitations on those potential charges would be two years, but Wittig said the case would be handled well before that point.