09/15/2011 02:26 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:09 EST

Man charged after about 80 election signs stolen in eastern Ontario

CORNWALL, Ont. - Provincial police say they chased down a suspect after about 80 election signs were stolen in an eastern Ontario riding.

Police say they received a complaint Wednesday about signs being stolen along County Road 43 in the riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, in the Cornwall area.

Investigators say the suspect took off on foot after police tracked down his pickup, but he later turned himself in.

Police say the bulk of the stolen signs were of Progressive Conservative candidate Jim McDonell, although there were a few of Liberal Mark MacDonald and one of the NDP's Elaine MacDonald.

Police say Philip Shank, 37, of St. Albert, faces charges of flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. (TheCornwallDaily.com)