UPDATE: Sheriff’s detective recovers stolen flags

Sheriff’s Detective Dan Laibach has recovered the three American flags that were stolen from light poles in downtown Fallbrook over the 4th of July.

“I was patrolling Main Ave. at about 2 a.m. on the morning of July 5 when I saw three juveniles (approx. age 17) walking down the street with the flags,” said Laibach. “One was wearing a flag as a cape.”

When the detective began pursuing the teens, they dropped the flags near Main and Fig and began to run.

“I wasn’t able to apprehend the suspects, but I did recover the flags,” Laibach said.

Laibach did not know who to return the flags to because no report had been filed at the time.

The detective called the Village News today (Tues., July 8) and found out that the VFW had reported the theft to the newspaper. He promptly delivered the flags to the newspaper office where the VFW could pick them up.

(previous version)

Three American Flags stolen, mounting hardware destroyed in downtown Fallbrook over 4th of July weekend, VFW reports

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

According to members of Fallbrook Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1924, over the 4th of July weekend, three American flags were stolen and the related mounting hardware destroyed on three posts in the downtown area. The flags are posted in the downtown area all along Main Ave. on street lamp posts for patriotic holidays and special occasions such as the 9/11 remembrance.

The VFW said someone desecrated the flags and “showed their disregard for our national symbol.”

One member said, “Our Flag is a symbol for which countless people have paid with their lives, their bodies, and their psyches to secure our way of life. The perpetrators of this act, if found, should be required to work in the Wounded Warriors, or the VA Hospital wards to see the price paid by volunteers that protect this country, and our way of life, which is symbolized by this Flag.”

23 Responses to "UPDATE: Sheriff’s detective recovers stolen flags"

  1. Krissy   July 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This is very sad to hear not only because of what the flag stands for but because a lot of work goes into displaying the flags along main street.

  2. Brookie   July 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Oh my….this couldn’t have been done by our local home boys….maybe they thought it should have been the mexican flag put up in their neighborhood.
    Yup…let them keep coming and be sure to welcome them with open arms…right!

  3. KH   July 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Kids being Kids. Let them be.

    In other news water is wet!

  4. A 54yr old Grandma   July 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Of course this is going to happen. We are letting thousands and thousands of illegals into our country being given rides, flights, hotel rooms, dining out, hospital visits, you name it, on our dime. We do not know one thing about any of them and guaranteed there are plenty of murderers, rapists, drug manufacturers, transporters, human traffic’ing along with drug trafficing, etc. etc.
    OUR GOVERNMENT is allowing them to just walk right in and do whatever they want, where they want, an open ticket and that is exactly what they are going to do.
    Its a wonder they did not put up their own Countries flags in place of the ours they took down. Soon enough their countries will be flying. Very sad times, the worst in the USA that I have ever seen and am sick that my children and my children will have even worse to look forward to after my family worked so hard supporting and building this nation for 6 Generations.

  5. Desecrated Flags?   July 7, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    OK….. where are the cameras? You have video SOMEWHERE on this – I say too find the culprits and make an example out of their (mis) behavior. The VFW works hard too remind the citizens of their patriotic responsibilities as an American. I truly disagree with the writer of LET THE KIDS BE KIDS. The problem here is that the ‘kids’ have not had their butts kicked by their fathers – oh….. absent fathers, I should say.

  6. FALLBROOK 101   July 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Thats fine let kids be kids as my son has been serving in AGF for the past 9 months. Let it be know he is also a VFW member, and is not happy as to what has taken place.

  7. Brigitte   July 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    yes I agree
    Grandma – I’m a legal immigrant and whether this was an act by a local liberal or an illegal this country is in big trouble – coming form Germany and not having a lot of recollection of the war bt knwo what my relatives have experience this is the beginnign unless we follow our constitution we will loose this country and so much for my parents coming over here to bein hope that we will have a better life.
    I would be better off now in the old country and we need to start becoming conservative and maybe even practicing isloationism !

  8. danny   July 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

    wait, wait, wait, first of all i don’t remember reading anything in this article that said anything about illegals taking down the flags?

    VILLAGE NEWS COMMENTS: You are correct. There was no mention of any particular individual/s that are suspects. The suspects are unknown. No descriptions available. D. Ramsey

  9. SAR   July 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I can’t believe these comments related to illegals. What makes anyone so sure it is illegals? Don’t turn this into something it’s not. Things get stolen. Replace them and let’s get on with life.

  10. hmmmm,   July 8, 2014 at 8:30 am

    The only people that hang out in that area are the known gang bangers and illegals. Its been documented numerous times of the attacks on pedestrians and the protests against the United States. The VN has reported on these. If you hear hoofbeats, its a a horse. Don’t ignore! Thanks you veterans for all you do!

  11. momz   July 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Well….Welcome to the "Land of the Free" and everything Belongs to me attitude. Also Don’t forget to press 1 for English.

  12. Omen   July 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Probably the same Flags That the Jerks were Burning In Murrieta the other day Shame on these People.

  13. SAR   July 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m not sure who is more ignorant, those who commit these petty crimes, or the people that accuse a certain group of people, without evidence, because of their status.
    ‘Nuff said!

  14. An Intellectual   July 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    First 2 scarecrows then 3 flags! What has this world come to?

  15. Fallbrookian   July 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    The American Flag is the highest symbol of freedom, sacrafice, pride & unity.
    To treat the flag in a negative manner is a disgrace – not to mention against the law. "Kids being kids, let them be" is a statment of ignorance (I’m guessing spoken by someone who doesn’t have any sense of respect or responsibility). Vandalism is vandalism – and our community won’t stand for it! And since many of us are in, or have family members who are in the military, an act of vandalism such as this hurts to the bone. This is unacceptable and as a community we need to find the low-life vandals and bring them to justice, no matter what their ethnicity is.

  16. oldtimer   July 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Whoever did this, the action should be condemned. I disagree with KH #3. "Kids" need to be taught that this kind of thing is not acceptable.

  17. Elena   July 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    It is stupid to assume every illegal immigrant is from Mexico just like it would be stupid to assume every asian from China. It is even stupider to assume that because these flags are missing, that it is was done by illegal immigrants.

  18. HOLA!   July 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Should I put my 2 cents and mention the WHITE BOYS that stole my bike? Get over it, Illegals are here to stay, so get use to it.

  19. American flag made in China?   July 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Are the Main Ave American flags made in People’s Republic of China?

  20. Etiquette   July 9, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Most people have no concept of flag etiquette. They fly the flag 24/7 with no light on it at night and use it as house decoration. It is supposed to be flown with reverence on national holidays and taken down at sunset. When hung on a wall or from a ceiling, the star field should always be on the upper left. The flag is not supposed to be used for business advertising. Places that do that don’t get my business. I’ve had it with this shallow faux patriotism. It’s all too much.

  21. Me   July 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    @KH….THAT attitude is why kids are like they are today.

  22. FALLBROOK 101   July 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Flags are not made in china, they are made in the USA.

  23. Humans Can Be Ignorant   July 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

    No where in the article is said that it was Hispanic, Mexican race doing it, stop blaming Mexicans for every bad thing that happens in town, or the US, and to the person that said Main St is where the ” homeboys ” hangout your out of the subject, Main St is a main street, “homeboys” as you called them don’t hang out in main streets, they find hidden places to hang out at so get your facts right.

    Oh and we don’t mind you guys celebrations, we actually enjoy them as well, unlike you guys getting all butthurt when you see a Mexican FLag around. Haha


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