Teens Arrested for Stealing Giant Flag on July 4th

Police say the teens cut the rope on the flag pole and pulled down the giant flag on the morning of Fourth of July

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013  |  Updated 11:27 AM EDT
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Teens Arrested for Stealing Giant Flag on July 4th

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On a day when Americans pay tribute to the red, white and blue, police in Barnegat, N.J. were investigating a Fourth of July flag theft.

Investigators were called out to the Barnegat Municipal Dock at 6:50 a.m. on July 4 after residents reported a giant flag was missing from the flag pole.

The 19 by 10 foot flag was attached to a rope and police say the thieves cut that rope to get the flag down.

Detectives talked with residents, living in the condominium units near the dock, to see if anyone had seen or heard anything.

They were then able to narrow in on two suspects, Clayton McNabb, 18, and Adriane Cuchelo, 18, both residents of Barnegat.

The stolen flag was found at Cuchelo's home on Tara Lane, according to Barnegat Police, who say the flag was not damaged.

McNabb and Cuchelo were arrested on July 9. Both are facing charges of 4th degree theft.

 


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