The flags went missing between the hours of 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, and 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15.
“All of the flags were initially donated by local groups, according to Constance Haloren, the police department’s public information officer.
Keith Graves of the City Parks and Recreation Department told The News that the city elected to replace the flags at a cost of about $680, not including labor. He also said that the Police Department has increased patrols in the area and that parks employees have completed raising the heights of the locked halyards to nine feet, both of which should serve as improved deterrents to another theft occurring.
Graves confirmed that several years ago some flags were stolen from city hall and later discovered at a homeless camp being used as blankets.
Anyone with information regarding the theft of the flags is asked to call Capt. Tom Kelly with the Apache Junction Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (480) 982-8260.
By Christina FuocoKarasinski