Flag theft suspects still at large

Jodelle Greiner/Register: LGBTQ pride flags like this one outside the Brookings Post Office were stolen and poles damaged in downtown Brookings last weekend.

BROOKINGS – Brookings Police released more information in the case of the LGBTQ pride flags that were stolen from the downtown area over the weekend.

“We have received tips from the public and the investigation is ongoing,” Lt. Marci Gebers said.

The theft of the flags and damage to the flag poles was reported shortly after 6:30 a.m. Sunday. 

“A total of nine pride flags were stolen,” Gebers said.

“I was able to locate one that was discarded in the downtown business area, so we’re still trying to locate eight of the pride flags,” she said.

The loss estimate is $344, Gebers added.

The Brookings Human Rights Commission hung 10 flags on Main Avenue on June 22, Meagan Irvine-Miller, chair of the HRC, said earlier this week.

“The pride flags were purchased last June in support of Brookings Pride,” Irvine-Miller said. The HRC was involved, but they were purchased with city funds approved by the Brookings City Council, she added.

Twelve flags were purchased for $43 each with flag pole, she said.

“Our hope is to replace them in time for Brookings Pride which will take place in late September or early October this year,” Irvine-Miller said.

The HRC is taking donations to replace the flags. Irvine-Miller said they have received some donations, so far.  

Donations can be sent to:

Brookings Human Rights Commission 

C/O Casey Bell Pride Flags

520 Third St., Suite 230

Brookings, SD 57006

If anyone has information about this case, contact the Brookings Police at 692-2113, contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or call 692-STOP (7867).