Early Morning Crook Swipes American Flag From Kelly Greens Community

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an unknown suspect who stole the symbol of our nation’s freedom from a Lee County neighborhood early this morning.

Around 1:41 a.m., the suspect arrived at the entrance to the Kelly Greens neighborhood, located at 12300 Kelly Greens Boulevard. He used a knife attached to a stick to cut the rope that held the massive 18’ x 12’ American flag to the pole. In under 15 minutes, he hoisted down the flag, and fled the area on foot with both the rope and flag in hand. Surveillance video shows the same man returning a short time later with a flashlight, as if he was looking for something. After daybreak, a resident of the Kelly Greens community found the knife and stick used to steal the $800 flag.

Anyone who may have been in the area early this morning and saw anything or anyone suspicious is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.