Montgomery County

Montgomery Co. Sheriff: Schenectady woman drove juveniles around to steal Trump, other campaign signs

The recovered signs (background) Deana M. Algarin (inset) Credit: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

The recovered signs (background) Deana M. Algarin (inset) Credit: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

FONDA – A Schenectady woman drove juveniles around parts of Montgomery County Sunday to steal Trump and other campaign signs, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Deana M. Algarin, 45, of Schenectady, was arrested and charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, as well as criminal possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana, petit larceny and cited twice for no seat belt for a child less than 15.

Deputies arrested her after an investigation into stolen political campaign signs from numerous locations in and around Tribes Hill and the Town of Amsterdam, officials said.

Investigators learned that Algarin was driving six juveniles around so they could steal the signs, officials said.

Algarin was stopped by state police on County Highway 103 in Schenectady County after Montgomery County dispatchers located her car. Authorities located the signs in her vehicle.

Officials released a photo of the signs. At least 13 signs can be seen, 11 appeared to be direct signs supporting President Donald Trump, one for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and one, reading “Byedon,” that appeared to be an indirect sign supporting Trump’s opponent Joe Biden.

Algarin is to appear in the Town of Amsterdam, Glen and Glenville courts at later dates.


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Michael Bailey

Typical small minded loser who has no clue who Elise is and was paid by the Democratic machine to steal those signs. Prosecutor should offer to drop the charges in return for information.


There are too many campaign signs littering the landscape. It is not unusual to see 6 or more campaign signs in a space of 250 feet for the same candidate. Some are placed too close to the road and sometimes create a hazzard to traffic.

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