Independence Day flag theft still unsolved

July 11, 2013 

— Boise police are turning to the public for help catching the people responsible for stealing 27 American flags from downtown light poles July 4.

Detectives received a number of tips after the theft was discovered, but nothing has panned out, police said. Anyone with information about the thefts or possible suspects is encouraged to contact the Boise Police Department.

The flags were mounted on Harrison Boulevard light poles between Hill Road and Hays Street. All 27 of the American flags displayed were snatched, but the thieves left Idaho flags mounted next to them.

Each of the flags cost $50, making the theft of all of them a felony, police said.

The flags were attached 12 feet high, and could not be reached from the ground. Police estimate it must have taken the thieves two hours and a ladder, or similar device, to take them all.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call BPD’s non-emergency line at 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Tipsters with information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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