Three teens accused of stealing U.S. flags near Uniontown

April 18, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Three Francis Scott Key High School students were charged yesterday with stealing American flags Saturday night from homes near Uniontown, state police said.

Four flags were cut down from poles in the 5300 block of Middleburg Road and the 3300 block of Uniontown Road. They were recovered yesterday after an owner saw them through a vehicle's window in the high school parking lot, said Trooper Robert Lantz of the Westminster barracks.

The boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, were charged as juveniles with misdemeanor theft less than $500 and with destruction of property, then released to their parents' custody.

"This is obviously the work of juveniles involved in mischief, but a lot of people fought and died so we can fly the flag of this country," said Lt. Terry L. Katz, the barracks commander, who said the crime was disproportionate to the monetary value of the flags.

"I don't know what it sells for. I know how hard it is to defend one," Katz said. "It's a major issue with some people."

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