Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 03, 2006

Stolen Flags Replaced

Stolen Flags Replaced

On June 29th several flags where stolen from homes in the area of Williamsburg way in Boise. One flag was taken from a nearby church. Friday June 30th Congressman Butch Otter generously donated 5 flags which had been flown over the statehouse to replace the stolen flags. The media is invited to join the chief and officers on Monday July 3rd to accompany them as they deliver those flags to Boise residents.

The timing of these deliveries is no coincindence. Officers wanted to be sure these flags are delivered before the independence day holiday. "The theft of these flags is more than a financial loss, several of these flags had personal value and at this time of year this crime really gets under your skin." says Officer Tim Beaudoin.

What: Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson and Officers will deliver the flags to residents.

Where: The first location for delivery will be 3518 Williamsburg in Boise.

When: Officers will arrive at the first residence at 11:00 AM on Monday July 3rd (Reporters are advised to be there 15 min early) The deliveries are not expected to take longer than 45 minutes total.

Contact: Onsite contact will be Officer Tim Beaudoin 724-2770

 

The investigation into the thefts of these flags continues.

 

Background:

Boise Police are looking for leads after several people in a southeast Boise neighborhood say their flags were stolen.

One stolen flag belongs to an Iraq war veteran. Written on the flag are the signatures of the soldiers the veteran served with in Iraq. The flag was displayed outside the family's front door.

Another flag was stolen from a church on the corner of Bergeson and Holcomb. That flag is very large, measuring 8 x 12 feet.

In all, four flags have been reported from the area, three from homes along Williamsburg Way and one from the church, all went missing sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

"These flags mean a lot to the people who display them," said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson. "Our officers would love nothing better than to find who's responsible, find the flags and return them to their rightful owners."

Anyone with any information on the stolen flags is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Information may remain anonymous, and information leading to an arrest could mean a reward of up to $1,000.