UPDATED Aug. 27
Several American flags at homes on Morse Street in Edgartown have gone missing.
According to Edgartown Det. Curtis Chandler, the flags were last seen Saturday night.
Additionally, an American flag was “tampered with” in front of the Harbor View Hotel.
Chandler asked that if anyone is missing flags or has surveillance cameras on Morse Street and Cottage Street, that they reach out to the police department.
“It seems odd all of sudden. Oak Bluffs had something similar happen,” Chandler said. “All the missing flags in Edgartown are probably related.”
In Oak Bluffs, Muriel Monaco wrote in a Facebook Post that she was missing 21 military unit flags at her home on Franklin Avenue.
“It’s very nerve-racking to me,” said Richard Monaco, Muriel’s husband and an Army veteran. He served 28 years in the Army, and went on four tours. “Does that mean I will stop putting up those flags? No. I will replace them.”
Richard put up the flags starting in 2008 to honor those serving in the different branches of the military. Among the stolen flags, two of them are particularly important to him: the flags of the 4th and 3rd Infantry, where he lost men he knew in Baghdad, Iraq.
Chandler said he’s reviewed security video footage in the Edgartown area, but has not found any useful information as of yet.
The flags are typically American flags, 30 by 48 inches. They were on a five-foot wooden pole. Most are similar,” he said.
Updated to correct the size of the flags and to include comments from Richard Monaco whose flags were stolen in Oak Bluffs.