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Another flag theft reported at 1st Assembly
Polk County Enterprise - August 2009
LIVINGSTON — The First Assembly of God Church in Livingston has had four flags stolen in the past few weeks when church staff had them lowered to half mast in honor of James Waterman, a veteran who served in Iraq and was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan while working as a civilian contractor. Waterman’s body was brought home Wednesday, July 29 and laid to rest Saturday, Aug. 1. Waterman was a member of First Assembly church and his funeral service was held there. The first theft of one Texas flag, one U.S. flag and one Christian flag occurred between the hours of 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, and 8 a.m. Thursday, July 30.
The second theft of a single Texas flag was done between the hours of 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, and 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. The flags were on secure poles but had been lowered to half mast, within reach of someone standing in the bed of a truck or on a ladder. They were ripped from the poles leaving some of the grommets still on the cables. The Texas flag was torn to pieces during the first theft with some of the flag left hanging from the pole. Police believe the same thief returned to the scene of the crime for the second Texas flag. This time the rope was cut so the entire flag could be removed. The church is offering a reward for information regarding the theft of these flags. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Livingston Police Department at 936-327-3117.