The American flag flies outdoors a number of houses on Northridge Drive in Modesto, which is taken into account to be a really patriotic neighborhood.
That is why it got here as a shock when Melissa Ramirez woke as much as discover her two flags gone.
She woke round eight a.m. Saturday to select up her daughter from a pal’s home. When Ramirez began leaving her driveway, she noticed a burnt pile of fabric that did not look proper.
“I walked over and stated, ‘Yep, that is our flags,’” Ramirez stated.
Ramirez took photographs of the charred stays of her American flag and “Skinny Blue Line” flag, which exhibits help for regulation enforcement. Ramirez stated regulation enforcement is a part of her and her husband’s households.
Modesto police counted a minimum of 10 lacking flags, whereas others have been burned.
“About three or 4 of them have been set on hearth in three separate piles within the neighborhood,” Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves stated.
A number of neighbors stated their surveillance cameras present a gaggle of minors setting the flags on hearth. Investigators have collected that proof.
Hearth investigators with the district lawyer’s workplace have dominated the fires as arson. Items are being testing for ignitable liquids.
“It is actually unhappy for these neighbors,” Graves stated. “You need to be patriotic, you need to have the ability to have good issues in your neighborhood — so our hearts exit to these individuals.”
It is upsetting even for neighbors who weren’t affected.
“It is a shame. It is defacing our United States,” neighbor, Charles Foberg II stated.
Ramirez had changed each flags by Monday.
“It is unhappy, nevertheless it did not get us down,” she stated.
Neighbors have additionally ordered new flags as a present of spirit.