Sunday, February 25, 2024

Wilmington Police investigating after two American flags set on fire [Free read]

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The Wilmington Police Department reports two incidents of flag burning this week. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — Authorities are investigating after two flag burnings were reported over the last two days.

According to the Wilmington Police Department (WPD), both incidents happened near Dock and South 9th streets. The first incident happened on Wednesday, February 5.

“The first was discovered on Wednesday around 3:00 p.m. in 100 block of Saint. James St. The victim told police she had left her home for a few hours during the day and when she returned she noticed that the American flag on the front of her house had been set on fire. She believes the incident must have happened during the night since a neighbor told her the flags were fine the day prior,” according to WPD.

WPD reported a second incident happened yesterday.

According to WPD, “officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of Dock Street just before 1:00 p.m. to take another arson report. The victim told officers that sometime early in the morning an unknown person came into his yard and set his flag on fire, causing damage to the column on which it was hanging. No injuries or additional property damage was reported at either residence.”

WPD are asking anyone with information on these flag burnings to please use Text-a-Tip online or call 910-343-3609.

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