Hundreds of Pride flags stolen from display in Massachusetts town

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Carlisle residents came together to replace the flags within hours, local outlets reported.

Police are investigating after more than 200 Pride flags were stolen from a display in the town rotary in Carlisle last weekend, officials said. 

The flags were stolen during the night on Sunday, May 26, Carlisle Police Department Chief Andrew Amendola said in a press release. The department was notified that the flags were stolen May 27. 

The flags were placed at the rotary in Carlisle Center at the intersection of Lowell Street, Bedford Road, and Westford Road, Amendola said. 

“We are taking this very seriously,” Amendola said in a statement. “It is unfortunate, as Carlisle is an inclusive community, and we want everyone to feel safe and welcomed here.”

The flags were lawfully permitted, Carlisle’s Select Board said in a statement May 30. Board Chairman Travis Snell added that “such action and behavior have no place in Carlisle.”

“Carlisle is an inclusive community that respects the freedoms and the rights of individuals,” Snell said. “Stealing property and undermining freedom of expression is a cowardly act and has no place in our town.”

Residents came together to replace the flags within hours of the thefts, NBC 10 Boston reported, and Carlisle held its Pride event on Friday. 

Carlisle police are working to determine who removed the Pride flags, the Select Board said. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the department at 978-369-1155. 

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