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MU Police searching for flag thieves

Thursday, November 30, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:07 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

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A frame from surveillance video showing one of two men suspected of stealing an MU flag from the porch of the Chancellor's residence. (Source: MU Police)

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Two men were captured on video taking the MU flag from the front porch of the Chancellor’s Residence at 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Surveillance camera images show the suspects dressed in jeans and sweatshirts nonchalantly walking up to the house, taking the flag and walking off with it, MU colors flying. The brazen theft of university property is being investigated by MU police, who hope the community will help them crack the case.

“It would be in (the suspects’) best interests right now to turn themselves in,” said MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer.

Police responded to a call from Campus Landscapers, who noticed the flag missing, at 9:22 a.m. Monday. After an investigation, officers found that the lock and chain securing the flag and the pole to the residence had been broken and the flag had been taken, Weimer said. The flag is valued at $500.

Even if the flag is anonymously returned, police will continue to pursue the suspects, who, if arrested, will be charged with larceny, “because the flag was still stolen and a lock was damaged,” Weimer said.

Though the theft happened late at night after the MU football team beat Kansas 42-17, police have no reason to believe the suspects were KU students or sympathizers.

“We don’t have anything to indicate that at all,” Weimer said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call MU Police Detective David Licklider at (573) 884-2605 or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.


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