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Police: Door-to-door campaign canvasser stole flyers from West York mailboxes

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
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West York Police have filed theft charges against a Maryland woman for allegedly stealing Republican political ads from the mailboxes of two borough residents.

Marjorie Blaustein Roswell, 58, of the 3400 block of Guilford Terrace in Baltimore, will be charged with two counts each of theft and receiving stolen property, according to charging documents. All four offenses are third-degree misdemeanors.

Roswell was in West York to distribute campaign flyers door-to-door for the state Democratic Party, according to charging documents filed by police Cpl. Eric Rodgers.

She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

A resident of the 100 block of North Seward Avenue called police just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday to report a suspicious woman who had taken something from the resident's mailbox, charging documents state.

Rodgers went to the neighborhood and spoke with the resident, who pointed out the alleged thief as being a woman sitting in a parked blue Ford sedan with Maryland license plates, according to documents. The woman was Roswell, police said.

The corporal approached Roswell and asked her for "her side of the story," documents state.

Sent to West York: Roswell said she was campaigning for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and was instructed to go to that area of West York, hand out flyers, knock on doors and speak with people about how they vote, according to charging documents.

Roswell had with her flyers for the state Democratic Party, documents state.

"Roswell advised that she was placing fliers on doors in the area and noticed campaign ads in some of the mail boxes," charging documents state. "Roswell advised she thought they were illegally placed in there so she removed them."

She said she never thought about reporting her concerns to police, documents state.

Rodgers could see two Republican campaign flyers in Roswell's car, and she gave them to him, according to documents.

Each was addressed and mailed to a resident in the block, according to charging documents, which state that the two residents told police they hadn't given Roswell permission to take anything from their mailboxes.

Security video: One of the residents was able to provide security video from her front door home-security setup to investigators, according to documents.

In the video, "you can clearly see" Roswell affixing a flyer to the resident's door, then removing a Republican campaign ad from the resident's mailbox, documents allege.

"Roswell is then observed standing on the sidewalk looking at the ad before the video ends," documents state.

As of 5 p.m., a spokesperson for the state Democratic Party had not responded to a request for comment. 

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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