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DJJ teacher accused of stealing campaign signs

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Johnny Richard Arrowood (Union Co. Sheriff's Office) Johnny Richard Arrowood (Union Co. Sheriff's Office)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Union County deputies said 59-year-old Johnny Arrowood was seen on security cameras stealing campaign signs.

The Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia told FOX Carolina Arrowood has been a teacher there since 1997 and is on administrative leave because of an injury he received in the classroom.

According to reports, the stolen signs belonged to Ronda Adams-Palmer, a Republican candidate for Union County Council District 3.

Adams-Palmer reported the signs missing in early June and surveillance was set up July 3, according to reports. She told deputies that as many as six signs were stolen and were valued at $8 each.

Arrowood was arrested July 11 and charged with petit larceny. He has since bonded out of jail.

After the arrest, Adams-Palmer released this statement to FOX Carolina:

"Since entering the bid for the Union County Council District 3 seat, I have dealt with the Supreme Court's decision regarding the new filing procedures and now the disappearance of at least six signs in one area of my district. I was appalled that a principal of a Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Columbia would be involved. As an educator, it is my first responsibility to lead by example and model good character traits daily for my students. I cannot imagine facing teenagers whom I was responsible for their rehabilitation and explaining with good conscience why I would be arrested for stealing campaign signs from someone I had never met. I am grateful to Sheriff Taylor and Lt. Terry Humphries for all they did to assist me."

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