Last week, 35 American flags were stolen from the graves of Civil War veterans in Hudson, New York’s Cedar Park Cemetery. Police figured that the flag thief was probably local kids, or someone looking to cause trouble, and volunteers replaced the flags. The following night, 17 more US flags were taken. That’s when police set up a hidden camera to catch the thief in action and were surprised at what they discovered. A woodchuck was behind the flag thefts at the cemetery, stealing flags under the cover of darkness.
Here’s video of the suspect in action:
“Typically the assumption is juveniles or kids might be responsible for this kind of incident,” said Hudson Police chief Ellis Richardson. ”We actually mounted cameras on trees and let them sit 24 hours and we went back and checked some of the video footage and found out it was apparently Mother Nature at her best.” Added Richardson, ”I’m not sure how you can go up against Mother Nature. I think you’ll have to start plugging up all the holes.”
Police corroberated their video footage by checking one of the woodchuck holes; there, they discover chewed up pieces of American flag after putting a camera down inside one of the holes. Cemetery workers at Cedar Park are relieved that the culprit is an animal and not a manimal.
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