|Published:||Nov 05, 2010 10:33 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Nov 05, 2010 7:14 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral neighborhood is at war with a flag thief.
People living at Sunward Condominiums on Santa Barbara Boulevard say six American flags have been stolen again and again over the past few weeks.
"It sickens me. Sickens me," said Bea Lehne, a resident at Sunward Condominiums.
In the past two weeks, thieves have stolen the American flag three different times from the front of Sunward.
The first set of flags were stolen October 20th.
"I was flabergasted. I couldn't believe it," said Tom Lehne.
Lehne is the President of the Sunward Condo Association.
After the first two flags were stolen, he went out and bought two more.
Then a few days later, the thieves struck again.
"I said they are gone again. My wife and I both weeped," he said.
Angry, Tom went out and bought two more American flags.
This time though he screwed them into the holder.
Still it wasn't enough to stop the thieves.
They struck a third time.
"It's mind boggling to my wife and I. I can't believe it," Lehne said.
Since the flags were screwed in, the thieves snapped them off.
Broken wood remains.
"It just makes me cry. It makes me extremely upset," he said.
According to Tom everyone living at in the condominiums are upset.
But for him and wife Bea it's more personal.
Tom is a Korean War vet and the two view the American flag as sacred.
They even got married on Flag Day 1952.
For someone to steal six American flags, three different times, really hurts them.
Police are investigating.
Despite there being a spotlight that shines onto the area where the flags are hung, Tom says no one saw or heard anything the nights the flags were taken.
Refusing to give into the criminals the condo association is plans on putting up more flags.
"You're not going to win. You're not," Bea Lehne says is her message to the crooks.
People at Sunward Condominiums hope to have new American flags put up by Veterans Day next week.