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Vandal caught destroying I.E. political signs

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A vandalism suspect who targeted political signs was caught in the act in the Inland Empire. Several people, including a Highland City councilman, started staking out 49-year-old Michael Debenedet on Saturday in Highland.

They called authorities after the councilman saw him pulling signs out of the ground and destroying them.

When San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies showed up around 4:30 a.m., they discovered him hiding in some bushes.

Debenedet was arrested and booked for misdemeanor vandalism.

Investigators are continuing their probe and believe there may be enough offenses to bring felony charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.