Large American flag stolen from tire company

November 22, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A huge American flag that flew at the side of Route 140 near Liberty Reservoir to "welcome people to Carroll County" was stolen from its flag pole in front of W & W Tire and Auto Service in Finksburg over the weekend.

Joe Emery, service manager for the company in the 3200 block of Baltimore Blvd., said the all-weather, 18-by-25-foot flag was hoisted up the pole in September as a greeting to motorists from Baltimore County as they crossed the border into Carroll.

A smaller flag had been placed on the pole July Fourth while the company was waiting for delivery of the larger flag, he said.

Mr. Emery said the nylon flag and the 60-foot pole were illuminated, and the flag flew 24 hours a day. It was stolen between 6:15 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, he reported.

A hook used to secure the rope near the bottom of the pole was about 10 feet above the ground, and Mr. Emery said he believed it would require two people, one standing on the shoulders of the other, to reach the rope and lower the flag.

The flag weighed 35 to 40 pounds and cost $850, he said.

An unspecified reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the theft, Mr. Emery said.

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