A Roselle Park resident reported the theft of an American flag from the porch of her family’s home on the 300 block of West Webster Avenue this morning. The family realized the large American flag on a pole – one that adorned their front porch among other flags – was missing when they went on their porch to relax on the long holiday weekend.
In 2011 and 2012 there were reports of American flags being burned – in part or completely – in town during the month of July.
In 2011, there were four (4) flag burnings reported – two on West Colfax Avenue, one on East Lincoln Avenue, and one on Chestnut Street.
The following year, three different flags were reported burned all on East Lincoln Avenue.
There is no confirmation that the incidents are related since – in this case – the flag was stolen and not vandalized but it is notable that all incidents took place around the same time of the year.
“It is a shame when you can’t even decorate your home,” stated the resident, “You work hard and buy nice things, only for them to be stolen. And that it’s America’s flag, especially on Independence Day, is downright disgusting.”
The incident was reported to the police and anyone with information should contact the Roselle Park Police Department at (908) 245-2300.