Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Detectives want your help in the 4th of July flag theft case!

   Boise Police Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying any suspects or locating the 27 flags stolen from homes on Independence Day. Detectives received several calls immediately after the incident occurred, unfortunately those calls did not result in identifiable suspects or the return of the flags. Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen something who may have information in this case to call Crime Stoppers!

 Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information is urged to 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, 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.

 What Happened27 American flags were displayed on the historic light poles in the center of Harrison Boulevard between Hill Road south to Hays Street. All 27 flags are gone. A resident reported to Boise Police that the flags were missing at 8:15 this morning. They had been posted by neighborhood residents on July 2nd and were last seen last evening.

The flags are large, 3' x 5' and cost approximately $50 each, making the theft of 27 flags a felony.

The flags were mounted on brackets on the light poles 12 feet high. The Idaho flags displayed next to the American flags were not taken.

At this time, officers believe someone would have needed a ladder or similar device to get to the flags. Because of the height, the flags were not accessible from the ground. It took residents nearly two hours to put the flags out. Officers believe it likely took the thief (thieves) a similar time to take the flags.

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information