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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Four Delaware newlywed couples say they've had thousands of dollars' worth of gifts stolen from them during separate weddings at Hotel du Pont.

Three couples told the Delaware News Journal that they think the cards went missing when hotel staff delivered champagne to the locked, unattended bridal suite as the couples socialized with guests downstairs.

The Wilmington Police Department says it's investigating four theft reports from the hotel since October 2018.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland police say a "Black Lives Matter" sign has been stolen from a church.

Anne Arundel police spokesman Marc Limansky tells The Capital the sign was reported stolen Sunday by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis. Limansky says the sign was last seen Saturday afternoon. It was hung outside the church in 2015 to support the national "Black Lives Matter" movement, which calls for the end of systemic violence and racism against black people.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will soften the penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items.

The Democratic governor announced Wednesday that he'd approved a bill that raises the state's felony theft threshold from $200 to $500.

Virginia has kept its felony bar at $200 since 1980 and is tied with New Jersey for the lowest in the country. Northam said raising the threshold was a legislative priority, but had previously pushed for it to be set at $1,000.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill designed to soften penalties in Virginia for stealing smaller dollar items is moving through the state Senate.

A Senate panel voted Monday for a bill to raise the felony threshold from $200 to $500. Virginia has kept its felony bar at $200 since 1980 and is tied with New Jersey for the lowest in the country. Most other states have raised the dollar minimum for felony charges to keep pace with inflation.

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DENTON, Md. (AP) - The mayor of a tiny Eastern Shore town has been accused of stealing more than $61,000 in town funds.

The office of the state prosecutor said in a news release that Marydel Mayor Deborah Rowe was indicted by a Caroline County grand jury Wednesday on charges of theft, misconduct in office and forgery.

Census records show Marydel has a population of about 150.

The Easton Star Democrat reports that Rowe is accused of using the money to pay taxes on personal property in North Carolina, cable and cellphone bills, and rooms at an Ocean City hotel.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware state police are searching for a Lewes man who has been accused of stealing multiple cell phones and then tried to sell the items at a video game store.

Authorities say 32-year-old David A. Ciabattoni Jr. is wanted by police on multiple counts of theft, burglary, and selling stolen property.

Police say Ciabattoni tried to sell stolen cellphones at a GameStop store in Rehoboth Beach last month.

He has also been accused of entering his ex-girlfriend's home Millsboro and stealing jewelry and money.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police have charged the former treasurer of a Talbot County nonprofit with stealing from the organization.

Forty-year-old Lisa N. Gowe of Neavitt was charged Thursday with theft scheme, $100,000 plus.

Troopers say in January, members of the Talbot Watermen Association contacted state police and alleged that Gowe, then the group's treasurer and event organizer, depleted the association's bank accounts.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police have arrested the husband of a Delaware state senator after he was caught on video taking down Republican political signs.

In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, 54-year-old Dana Armon Long of Middletown is shown carrying signs to his car in the dark. A man with a video camera appears to surprise Long and asks him what he's doing. He then tells Long, "We gotcha, brother."

Police yesterday said that they got a complaint about the theft of signs that read, ”Fix the Economy Vote Republican.”