Police: US flags, flowers stolen from graves at Blowing Rock cemetery

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:01 PM EDT
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BLOWING ROCK, N.C. (WBTV) - Police in Blowing Rock are trying to find out who stole U.S. flags and flowers from graves at a local cemetery.

The thefts happened between Friday, June 4 and Sunday, June 6 at the Woodlawn Cemetery on James E. Holshouser Jr Hwy. Investigators say the flags and flowers were taken, but no vandalism occurred.

Shane Fox, the town manager in Blowing Rock, spoke to WBTV in a Zoom interview Wednesday evening.

“We’re unsure of when exactly it took place and unsure of exactly why it took place – little bit of an odd scenario for someone to come in and not only take the flags, but a number of flowers,” said Fox.

He explained that he was saddened to learn that so many flags and flowers had been taken. He said he thinks around 50 flags were stolen.

“The reaction is sadness of course, knowing that the cemetery has been there forever and unfortunately someone’s taken advantage of the situation,” said Fox. “Our heart goes out to our folks who have lost flowers and flags especially with our veterans that are buried up there so, number one our heart goes out to you and we apologize for this instance and just know that we’re here and we’re taking it serious and we hope to have some answers very soon.”

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact Lt. Darin Church of the Blowing Rock Police Department at 828-295-5210, or call High Country Crimestoppers at 828-268-6959.

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