A woman snatched a campaign sign from a San Jose family’s front yard, earning the nickname “Banana Pants Bandit” after video footage of the theft was shared on social media.
The robbery of a Sam Liccardo-for-mayor sign left Facebook commenters perplexed on what was more brazen—the sign stealing or the yellow pants?
“OMG if nothing else, at least the fashion police should get her!” one commenter wrote.
Willow Glen resident Katie Zazueta said the theft happened while she was away on vacation with her husband and two kids over the Fourth of July weekend. The video, captured by their recently installed Dropcam, shows a charcoal-gray sedan pull up to the curb. The banana-pants scofflaw hops out, plucks up the sign and scurries back to the passenger’s seat as the car jets off.
Zazueta uploaded the high-def video to her Facebook page, where it sparked a flurry of comments.
“It has political intrigue,” one person wrote, “a [fast]-paced getaway and an oversized, overripe banana. Manchurian Candidate, eat your heart out.”
Zazueta, who watched the recording with her family after they returned home to find the sign missing, said her kids told her it was the first crime they had ever witnessed.