Mississauga and Brampton men charged after election signs destroyed


Published May 16, 2022 at 8:58 pm

A man removes a Ontario Liberal sign for Rimmy Jhajj in Brampton on May 10.

Peel police confirm it has charged two young men in connection with the destruction of an Ontario Liberal Party candidate’s election sign in Brampton.

In a release on Monday night, Peel Regional Police say 25-year-old man from Mississauga and a 23-year-old man from Brampton are charged with theft under $5,000 and mischief under $5,000. They turned themselves in last Friday.

Toronto media outlets have reported near-identical details about the investigation. Per Peel police, signs of Brampton West Liberal candidate Rimmy Jhajj were destroyed at a residence in the area of Mississauga Road and Bovaird Drive. Earlier reports from inBrampton said the residence was in the area of Bovaird and James Potter Road. Those intersections are about 600 metres apart.

The vandalism happened around 6 p.m. on May 10. In the video, a home security camera captured a man exiting a work van branded with the company name Camp Forming. He is seen removing the sign and taking it back to his van.

Camp Forming Inc. is a foundation company based in Vaughan. Its vice-president, Christina Campoli, told CTV News last weekend that both workers were fired and she took them to a police station to turn themselves in. Campoli, who said she is an Ontario PC Party donor, also apologized in person to Jhajj.

The two men have been released and are scheduled to appear in court at a later date. Peel police did not release the accuseds’ names.

Removing or tampering with election signs is a criminal offence, and is prohibited under the Canada Elections Act. Amarjot Sandhu, who is running for re-election in Brampton West as the Ontario PC Party candidate, recently said he has reportedly also had signs removed from the riding.

Anyone with information on the incident are encouraged to contact investigators with 22 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 453–2121, ext. 2233.

Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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