Home security camera footage captured a man, wearing only his boxer briefs, using a blowtorch to set fire to a Donald Trump campaign sign on his neighbour’s front lawn in the town of Platteville, Wisconsin last Thursday night.
Homeowner Kevin Leighty says he noticed something was amiss when he went to get the paper Friday morning and saw the Trump/Pence “Make America Great Again” sign on his lawn had been destroyed.
So Leighty and his wife checked their home security camera, which captured the boxer-clad man’s act of fiery political expression – and something even more puzzling.
“Then we’re watching, and it was like, oh, I think that’s our neighbor, our tenant,” Janed Leighty told KWWl News in Wisconsin. “And sure enough, it was.”
After identifying the man, the Leighty’s say they called the police and then confronted their neighbour about his act of mischief.
“When you rent to somebody and they’re your next door neighbor and you’ve been kind and decent to them, it’s like really? Why are you doing this to us?” Jane Leighty said.
The Leighty’s say what’s more troubling to them is the appearance of two passersby who, far from confronting the underwear arsonist, actually seem to be congratulating him.
“The people going by is what really hurts too, that no one called the police to say hey, go check this out,” Jane Leighty said. “They didn’t have to confront him. And the two guys that came up and fist pumped him and go, ‘yeah, alright!’ Really?”
The Platteville Police Department say the decision about whether or not to press charges against the man is now in the hands of the Grant County District Attorney.