Police nab American flag thief

Lt. James Brown - Toledo Police Dept.
Lt. James Brown - Toledo Police Dept.

TOLEDO, OH (WOIO) - Toledo Police are dealing with a new type of criminal, the furry rodent type.

Officers tell 19 Action News that several small American flags outside of the Toledo Police Department kept disappearing, so they staked out the building and caught their thief in the act.

Lt. James Brown witnessed a squirrel run out and snatch a flag off it's wooden dowel and take off with it. The squirrel was too fast to catch up with, but Lt. Brown trailed it back to the squirrel's nest, which was stuffed with twigs, leaves and other stolen American flags.

It is unknown at this time if the squirrel acted alone in each incident.

As of Wednesday, at least three American flags had been swiped.

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