Boise Police say they're investigating a crime that has left a North End neighborhood reeling this Independence Day.
27 American flags, displayed on historic light poles in the center of Harrison Boulevard between Hill Road and Hays Street, went missing overnight.
"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. "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."
The flags were mounted on brackets on light poles 12 feet high and each cost approximately $50, making the theft a felony. A resident reported to Boise Police that the flags were missing by 8:15 Thursday morning. They had been posted by neighborhood residents July 2 and were last seen last evening.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS