Police Search for Man Torching Flags

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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Patty Howell of Sandusky said her husband got up early Monday morning and noticed something on fire in front of a neighbor's house.

"It looked like someone had just gone up there and intentionally tried to set the house on fire," said Howell.

But burning in front of the home was an American flag.

Howell said her husband witnessed a lone male on a bicycle torch it.

"Dressed in a black or dark hoodie.  He just went up and lit the person's flag on fire. My husband hurried and called 911.  After that, this guy sped off," said Howell.

Sandusky Police said the culprit is most likely responsible for two other flag burnings at two other homes nearby.

Police said there have been a series of incidents involving flags that have been reported this summer.

"We've probably had five or six flags stolen from the same general area. It's usually in the mornings, people would come out and find out that their flags are missing," said Lt. Danny Lewis, with the Sandusky Police.

Police said if caught, the suspect could face charges of arson and criminal mischief.

"We have a lot of guys that have served in the military and it stings for not only police officers, but the guys that are out there serving right now. It is disrespectful, completely," said Lt. Lewis.

"It bothers me because this is America, this is the land of the free. Now we can't even fly our own flag without some idiot coming and burning it," added Howell.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sandusky Police.

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