Thief swipes American flags meant for fallen soldier

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A petty theft in Overland Park has some people seeing red, instead of red, white and blue. Over the weekend, three homes in one subdivision near 148th and Antioch were all hit by thieves swiping American flags.

One of the victims said this may not seem like such a big deal since she’s only out the 25 bucks the flag cost her. But she says the flags were out here in her neighborhood for a special reason: to honor a fallen soldier. On Saturday, the community honored one of their own: Lt. Justin Sisson, killed in Afghanistan. His funeral was in Overland Park and  he was buried at Fort Leavenworth Cemetery.

“He represented our country, we fly our flag,” said neighbor Sue Baer. “It's the least we can do.”

But Baer says sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning her flag and two of her neighbors flags all disappeared.

“Which is shameful, embarrassing anyone would do that,” she said. “It's really low, it's vandalism and I hesitated to call police but if anything is going to be done you have to call in. And they came out and investigated, no one has seen them but it's tragic someone is stealing them right off your house.”

Even the Overland Park Police Chief expressed his dismay. Blogging about the crime, he said, “All crimes are hurtful to the victims involved, but some really offend our collective sense of human decency” and it “leaves a mourning community wondering about its fellow man.”

Overland Park Police say if you have any information about who did this, give them a call.

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