Surveillance Video Catches Man Removing American Flag From Long Beach Home, Burning It; Arsonist Sought

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Long Beach police and fire investigators were asking for the public’s help Thursday in identifying a man captured on surveillance video removing an American flag from outside of a home and then burning it.

The Long Beach Police Department was looking for this man, who was captured on surveillance video removing a flag from a Long Beach home on July 25, 2015.

The Long Beach Police Department was looking for this man, who was captured on surveillance video removing a flag from a Long Beach home on July 25, 2015.

The man removed the nylon flag from a flagpole in the 6200 block of Pageantry Street (map) sometime between 12:25 a.m and 12:50 a.m. on July 25, 2015, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

He then went on to the street and set the flag on fire, police said.

The residents called authorities around 8 a.m. to report the vandalism after discovering the metal flagpole leaning against the roof of their home and realizing the flag was missing. They later found the charred remnants of the flag on the street in front of their neighbor’s residence.

Surveillance video showed the man walking up to the front porch of the home and loitering around the area for about 20 minutes, police said in the release. He then took the flagpole from its base and laid it down before removing the flag.

After, the man moved around a vehicle, ignited the flag and walked away.

Police described the wanted man as being white or Hispanic, in his early 20s, with a stocky build and tattoos on the outside of his left calf and on the inside of his right calf. He wore a baseball cap, a T-shirt with a logo featured on the front and shorts, according to the release.

Anyone with information has been asked to call Long Beach Fire Department Arson Investigator Dennis Zigrang at 562-570-2575.

Those wishing to leave a tip anonymously may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text TIPLA plus a tip to 274637, or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.