TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio – Police identified one person responsible for taking hundreds of flags and their markers from the gravesites of veterans in a local cemetery, but that incident has been dismissed.

American Legion Post 154 commander Earl Parthemer said he noticed the flags missing last week following a funeral for a fellow veteran.

The flags are put out in May and taken up in September each year. The markers typically remain to be able to identify the gravesites where the flags belong.

On Thursday evening, FOX 8 News learned that the American Legion post had recovered all of its flags and markers.

According to a press release from the Bazetta Township Police Department on Wednesday, after reviewing the case with the prosecutor at Trumbull County Central District Court Wednesday, the prosecutor has declined the filing of his charges in this case. 

“The entire incident was a lapse in communication between several organizations,” the release said. “The organizations rely on volunteers to help improve communications between groups and volunteers to prevent incidents like this.”

All property was returned to the proper organization undamaged, according to the release.