A Beaufort County Council write-in candidate accused of stealing and damaging his opponent's campaign signs on Election Day was released from jail Wednesday, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center.
Brian MacDermant posted a bond of $8,520 at about 5 p.m., according to the jail log.
MacDermant was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday and charged with petit larceny, malicious injury to personal property and receiving stolen goods, according to the jail log. The Port Royal Police Department said it had been looking for him for several hours after finding 20 political signs in his house earlier in the day.
MacDermant, a 44-year-old Port Royal resident, was campaigning as a write-in to represent parts of Beaufort and Port Royal on County Council after failing to make the ballot as an Independence Party nominee or a petition candidate. He received less than 1 percent of the vote.
Eighteen of the signs found in his home belonged to opponent Alice Howard, a petition candidate who defeated incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Laura Von Harten for the District 4 seat, police said. Sixteen of her signs were damaged beyond repair, according to Lt. Andre Massey. Two signs belonged to Stephen Murray, a candidate for Beaufort City Council.