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Updated: Tuesday, August 12 2014, 10:14 AM CDT
WEATHERFORD, TX (KTVT)-- Officials in Weatherford have offered a reward to help find vandals who stole three American flags from homes and burned them.
The incidents started happening last Thursday night, and police say there have been two more burnings since.
According to police the suspects have been burning the American flags that home owners have in their front yards. The suspect(s) are burning the flags right in front of the houses and in one case, in the street.
"We just drove up an hour ago and the fire was in the middle of the driveway. We had no idea what had happened," said Rowlee Johnson.
American flags are displayed throughout the northwest Weatherford neighborhoods.
Since Friday, seven of those flags have been burned, many of them thrown in driveways and streets and set on fire.
Someone even lowered a flag and let it burn on the flag pole.
"We had one woman who's two sons are serving in Afghanistan. She was very upset because that flag for a lot of people resembles their pride in their nation, their home, everything they believe in," said Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins.
That mother quickly replaced her flag as did the other victims.
Police are trying to figure out a motive. "With this many and the way their laying out the flags and burning them so people can see the way their displayed, yeah, it seems like they're trying to make a statement," said Capt. Greg Lance with the Weatherford Police Department.