Charges pending against multiple suspects in thefts of Pride flags

CHESTERTOWN — Police here have identified “multiple” suspects in the thefts of rainbow Pride flags and other rainbow-themed items over the weekend, CPD Chief Ron Dixon confirmed in a series of text messages to The Evening Enterprise on Monday, June 17.

PFC Meera Srinivasan is leading the ongoing investigation, with assistance from Cpl. Chris Schwink, PFC Eric Nunez and Officer Travis Burke.

Chief Dixon identified the suspects as male and from “out of the area.”

He said all but one of the suspects are adults.

A total of nine thefts were reported in multiple locations, including Cross Street, High Street, Greenwood Avenue and Philosophers Terrace, according to Dixon.

A post on the Chestertown Police Department’s Facebook page states, “Appropriate charges will be forthcoming.”

In addition to theft, charges could include a hate crime and malicious destruction of property, according to Dixon.

Chestertown’s police chief said that he was not certain if the thefts are directly related to June being celebrated as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, “but with that, more flags are out, so likely a crime of opportunity.”

“We want everyone to know that this type of hate will not be tolerated in Chestertown. If you are a victim of anything similar, please reach out to us at (410) 778-1800,” the CPD Facebook post states.

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3 Responses

  1. Throw the book at them including the minor and publish the names! Their local community newspaper
    should be informed so they can be ostracized where they live. We can not have this behavior in Chestertown !

  2. How about in lieu of a record, they could wear a “Sandwich Boards of Shame” at the corner of High and Cross streets during the Farmers Market for a month.

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