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Mon, July 15

Residents upset at theft of American flags

Despite a wave of patriotism that has swept Kingman and the rest of the nation following the terrorist attack in New York and Washington D.C.

two weeks ago, American flags have become a target for unpatriotic thieves.

During the night of Oct.

19, someone stole one Kingman resident's flag that flew from her front porch.

"At 10 that night it was still there," Chrissy Poland said.

"But when I got up the next morning to take my daughter to school, it was gone."

Poland said she thinks neighbors stole her 3-feet by 5-feet flag since a personal mark they made on the flag showed up on the same size flag their neighbors put up at their house.

The neighbors denied the charge.

Purchasing a flag in Kingman is nealry impossible, which may be the reason for the theft, Poland said.

"My husband served in the Gulf War, so a flag means something to us," she said.

"I'm amazed at the gall they have - and the stupidity."

Poland also said three other people from the company where her husband works had their flags stolen since the terrorist attack.

It is considered felony burglary if someone enters a fenced yard to steal a flag or anything else, according to Deputy County Attorney Ken Skousen.

If the flag is hanging from the garage or front porch in an unfenced area, it is a misdemeanor theft.

The theft becomes a felony if the flag is worth more than $250.

A trespassing charge could also be filed, he said.

Kingman police Cpl.

Tracie McKnight said KPD has received less than five reports of stolen flags since the Sept.

11 attack of the World Trace Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Proper etiquette of flying the American flag is to fly it from sunrise to sunset only unless it is properly lighted, she said.

"Don't fly a flag at night unless it is illuminated," McKnight said.


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