Oceanside police seek help identifying 3 who vandalized American flags

'(Expletive) USA' spray-painted on one flag

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Authorities asked the public Wednesday for help in identifying three people who defaced American flags in a senior housing neighborhood near Emerald Isle Golf Course.

The vandals spray-painted the three flags – writing "(expletive) USA" on one of them – and damaged other private and public property on Mesa Drive and Rosemary Way in Oceanside late on the evening of July 18, according to police. A surveillance camera captured images of the crimes, Lt. Leonard Cosby said.

The perpetrators, two males and a female, appeared to be Hispanics between 16 and 20 years old, dressed in dark-colored clothing. The boys or young men were wearing baseball caps, one with a Baltimore Orioles logo on it, the other with a rendition of a marijuana leaf on the left side.

Anyone with information about the crimes was asked to call Oceanside police at (760) 435-4682.

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