If you can identify this man, a steak dinner is waiting for you

A surveillance video shows a man taking a Joel Carter for Senate campaign sign at 2:28 a.m. Tuesday and putting it in the back of his car.

James Edward Bates, a Carter supporter, posted the video to Facebook and wants help identifying the man. Bates said five signs he put up for Carter disappeared in less than nine hours. All the signs, he said, were on private property.

He said the surveillance video was shot at West Taylor Road and Old Oak Lane. Bates, a Neighborhood Watch block captain for Bayou Oaks and the west side of The Island, which is between the bridges on Cowan-Lorraine Road, said, “We have surveillance cameras and sometimes we catch people doing things they shouldn't.”

Carter, who is from Biloxi, and Dan Carr of Gulfport have qualified to run in a special election for the District 49 Senate seat being vacated by Sean Tindell, who has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the state Court of Appeals.

The candidates qualified by petition for the special election, which does not include a declaration of party affliation. The election is set for Dec. 19.

Bates said he has a steak dinner for anyone who can identify the man who took the sign. If you know who the man is, Bates said you can email him at james@jamesedwardbates.com

“We hope to get the signs back,” he said. “Everyone they take, we’re going to put up 10 more.”

Bates, a former staff photographer at the Sun Herald, said he’ll buy a steak dinner for whoever can identify the man in the surveillance video. He’s wondering if a trespassing charge might be in order.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99