WEATHERFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – So far, none of the tips have panned out for investigators searching for the person/persons who are stealing and burning American flags in Weatherford. As of Tuesday night there have been eight cases of the vandalism in the city.
News of the incidents have spread to military troops overseas. One Army Specialist told his mother, the criminals better be glad “I’m not there!”
American flags are displayed prominently in Weatherford.
There are always flags waving in front of City Hall, but whoever is burning them doesn’t seem to care where they are flying.
The American flag at Karmann Goff’s house is always on the front porch. It is displayed right next to the Army flag, and the Blue Star Service Flag — one star for each of her two sons in Afghanistan.
“They’re both specialists in the Army,” Goff said proudly.
The Army mother had some dinner guests leaving Friday, when she noticed her patriotic porch didn’t look like it should.
“I got to the edge of the porch and was like, “Where’s my flag? I should be hit in the face with my flag. And they [guests] said, ‘well we saw something out in the street that looked like a flag. We thought it was a t-shirt.’”
Upon further inspection, up against the curb were only remnants of Goff’s flag.
As far as the fire marshal is aware, Goff’s flag is one of eight that have been burned. Some of them burned right on the poles upon which they were flying.
Goff doesn’t know who is vandalizing the city but she has a suggestion for them. “I don’t know if it’s teenagers that need to find something really productive to do [or] somebody making a political statement. They need to make it somewhere else other than my private property.”
No one reported any more flags burned Tuesday morning. Investigators said it was possible all the attention to the crimes caused whoever is doing it to stop.
Like several of the Weatherford victims, Goff had a new flag up and flying, as soon as she could find one. “Saturday morning,” she said. “Went to Gibson’s Saturday morning and got a new flag.”
Goff said her displayed patriotism won’t be deterred. When asked what she’d do if criminals vandalize her new flag she said, “ I’ll get another one.”
Investigators and victims seem to be leaning toward the flag burnings as an act of vandalism by youngsters. Regardless of the intent, the crimes are arson.
Parker County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers online or call 817-599-5555.
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