Several American flags stolen from Greene Co. Optimist Club

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Flags stolen from homes in Beavercreek

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Several American flags are no longer waving in Beavercreek after they were stolen just days before Fourth of July.

The Greene County Optimist Club runs an "Avenue of Flags Program" where residents can pay $50 to have flags placed at their home or business for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day.

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However, since last month 18 flags put up by the club have gone missing.

Victor Brady, a retired veteran and chaplain for the optimist club, expressed his displeasure to News Center 7's Gabrielle Enright, and said the crime has affected him personally.

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"It makes me sad," said Brady. "The two flags I have in my front yard have been stolen twice."

The money raised from the flags program helps fund other programs for the local youth.

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"When you steal a flag, that's a symbol of our country. I think that takes it to another level," said Brady. "We're putting these out to show patriotism and the community and that doesn't happen if it's gone."

The club has filed a report with Beavercreek police but officers currently have no suspects.

Brady said the Optimist club is considering using surveillance cameras to monitor its flags.

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