Milton Businessman Jack Sanborn jailed for campaign sign theft charge

Posted on November 4, 2020 by Staff reports

The Office of the State Attorney announced Monday that a Warrant had been issued in Santa Rosa County for the arrest of Jack Sanborn, 70, for one count of Petit Theft for the alleged theft of a political sign. Sanborn was subsequently booked into Santa Rosa County Jail this morning and issued a $1,000 bond.

According to Milton’s Concerned Citizens Political Action Committee, Sanborn was captured on surveillance video taking one of the group’s signs aimed to expose a federal tax lien against incumbent City Councilman Jeff Snow.

The PAC group says they had placed about 75-80 signs throughout the city and approximately 40 of the signs were taken or removed within 48 hours. 

The charge for stealing the sign is a Second-Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to sixty days in County Jail and/or a maximum fine of $500.

It isn’t Sanborn’s first time facing legal issues. In 2017, he was charged with a Sunshine Law violation while an appointed member of the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council. It was a non-criminal violation count punishable by a maximum fine of $500. 

According to First Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Eddins, the allegations at the time were that Sanborn discussed matters which foreseeably could come before that organization with another council member outside a public meeting.

A press release issued by Eddins’ office stated that Sanborn “did unlawfully engage in a discussion or exchange of information with other members of the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council.”

During the course of that investigation, all members of the TDC were interviewed along with TDC support staff.

Judge Jose Giraud found Sanborn not guilty of violating the Sunshine Law.

About a year later Sanborn resigned from the TDC after heated criticism arose from him making a sexist remark during a public meeting.

Sanborn resides at 6484 Old Bagdad Highway and is a co-owner of Adventures Unlimited and Gulfstar Advertising.