American Legion Post No. 5 is seeking the return of its US flag and POW flag after both items were stolen early Monday morning.
Post No. 5 Representative Ron Whitney said the theft occurred around 3:15 a.m. Monday morning. The items were removed from the main pole at the legion, located at 2921 W. 12th Ave.
“We discovered Monday when we came in that they were missing,” Whitney told The Emporia Gazette Thursday morning. “Some of the guys noticed it was missing and decided to check with the other members before getting too excited to make sure [the flags] hadn’t been taken down because they were frayed or something like that.”
When it was determined that no one at the Legion had taken the flags down, members reviewed the building’s video surveillance records.
“We are currently reviewing surveillance video to determine the identify the thieves,” Whitney said.
Whitney said the video suggests a single person is responsible for the theft.
“It appears to be a single individual,” he said. “There appears to have been a dog with that person.”
Whitney said the theft was reported to the Emporia Police Department Tuesday morning.
“They didn’t damage the rope — they just brought it down like you ordinarily would,” he said.
Legion members are hopeful that whoever stole the flags returns them before charges are filed.
“It would be best if the thief would return the flags to the Legion ASAP,” Whitney said. “No questions asked.”
Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Emporia Police Department at 343-4200.