Boise police are asking for help in investigating a rude crime the theft of every American flag lining the median on historic Harrison Boulevard in Boise's North End.
"Whoever stole these flags sorely underestimated the meaning and value these flags have to this neighborhood, especially on this day," said Boise Police Patrol Lt. Dave Burch, adding that the flags were reported missing at 8:15 a.m. on Independence Day.
The flags were posted on 12-foot historic light poles by folks in the neighborhood on Tuesday and were last seen Wednesday night. Idaho flags accompanying the American flags were not taken.
"This neighborhood takes pride in the rich history of their area and displaying the American flags on Independence Day is a big part of that. This crime literally rains on a neighborhood's Fourth of July Parade. We want to find these flags soon and get them back to the residents who take pride in them," said Burch in a news release.
The 3-by-5 flags cost about $50 each, making the theft of all 27 a felony, police said.
Police say they believe someone would have needed a ladder or similar device to get to the flags. It took residents nearly two hours to hang the flags and police say it likely took about the same amount of time to steal them.
Officers and residents have searched the area and so far, the flags have not been found.
Police ask that anyone with possible information about the theft contact Boise Police through non-emergency dispatch, 377-6790 or call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers via their web site at www.343COPS.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.