Video captures couple stealing American Flag

Kearny Mesa homeowner "heartbroken"
Posted at 9:10 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 00:11:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Surveillance video shows a couple at a Kearny Mesa home, targeting an American flag.

John Dodds bought his $75 flag two years ago and displayed it with a light outside his home on Atlas Street.

"My father was a Navy veteran, my brother was very patriotic and instilled it within me," Dodds said. "I want everyone to know how much I appreciate this country and what the veterans of this country do for us."

A flag typically flies in front of Dodd's home 365 days a year. On Thursday morning, Dodds walked outside and saw the empty flag holder, before reviewing his surveillance video.

Around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, two people with backpacks - bandanas on their faces -  walked by. One of them walked up to his porch and yanked out the flag before she took off. 

Dodds posted the video on the Nextdoor app in hopes of tracking down those thieves - and his flag.        

"Maybe it was a big joke to them, but I don't think they know how seriously most of us take the flag of the United States of America," he said. 

Dodds plans on getting another flag but is still holding out hope for it to be returned. If you have any information, call San Diego Police at (619) 531-2000.