The husband of controversial Lighthouse Point mayoral candidate Maria Corvaia O’Donnell told police he removed her opponent’s campaign signs from yards without permission. According to a Lighthouse Point Police report, a resident reported her “Re-Elect Mayor Glenn Troast sign” was removed from her yard on February 20, 2017. The removal was captured on video by a neighbor.
In the video, “a dark colored pickuo truck that appears to be lifted, has larger than factory issued tires, and has two raised crossbars in the bed of the truck” is spotted approaching the victim’s home. The back of the truck is illuminated by the rear brake lights. A white male exits the truck, waits for a passing car and removes the sign.
Using a License Plate Recognition (LPR) search, police identified the vehicle as a black GMC Sierra pickup truck. Tag information identified the owners of the pickup truck–Brendan and Maria O’Donnell.
On February 28, 2017, Brendan O’Donnell gave a statement to Lighthouse Point Police. He was informed police had surveillance video, witness statements and LPR results. O’Donnell claimed some residents, “Request[ed] that he removed Re-Elect Troast signs from their yard and replace them with Maria For Mayor signs. Brendan O’Donnell said he “would not have taken any signs unless he was told to do so.”
According the police report, “Mr. O’Donnell confirmed that he remove Re-Elect Glenn Troast sign in the area of NE 49 ST on the date of this incident.”
O’Donnell told police that after he removed the Troast signs he realized he did not have any Maria For Mayor signs. He said he intended to replace them with his wife’s signs. Brendan O’Donnell admitted to removing 3 to 4 signs. When told these residents never requested he remove their Troast signs, O’Donnell said he “must have had his directions mixed up.”
Brendan O’Donnell told police he placed the Troast signs in the trash.
During the interview, police discovered Brendan O’Donnell’s driver’s licence had been suspended since August 2016. Police drove O’Donnell home.
The report ends with, “Based on all the evidence and statements obtained, I believe that it is appropriate to provide the victims with misdemeanor case filing instructions.”