American Flags Disappear Ahead of New London Festival

Two dozen flags have been stolen since the weekend, according to organizers of the Schooner Festival.

By Liz Dahlem
|  Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013  |  Updated 8:06 AM EDT
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Two dozen flags were stolen from the pier in New London which is getting ready to celebrate its Schooner Festival.

Two dozen flags were stolen from the pier in New London which is getting ready to celebrate its Schooner Festival.

Someone has stolen two dozen American flags set up for a weekend festival in New London, police said. 

Nearly 150 flags had been placed along the shoreline for the Schooner Festival this weekend, but police said someone has been going to the city pier and tearing the flags down.

“Someone stole 24 of the flags. We put up 146 flags and someone snuck down here and removed them," said Bruce MacDonald, organizer of the Connecticut Schooner Festival.

The flags started disappearing over the weekend and a few were even found in garbage cans around the city.

The flags were put up specifically for the Schooner Festival, to celebrate New London's history and maritime heritage.

Detectives are going through the surveillance footage hoping to catch the person or people responsible.

"I have every confidence that our investigative team will get to the bottom of this and bring those responsible to account," said Mayor Daryl Finizio.

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