DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
The Volusia County Sheriff's office is investigating the theft of American Flags in a Deland neighborhood.
Deputies said the first theft was reported on August 16 and the most recent thefts were reported August 25 at homes on Evergreen and Cari Place, Roanoke Avenue and Louise Lane.
In one of the thefts, just a flag was stolen, but in others, the poles and flags were stolen, deputies said.
Deputies said the value of the flags were only around $10 each, but the victims had sentimental value with the flags, having relatives that were veterans. One victim, a 64-year-old woman said she bought her flag from the Smithsonian Institute.
One of the responding deputies, Morris Froscher, took it upon himself to replace the stolen flags for the victims.
"I just had to do something to help," said Froscher, a retired U.S. Marine. "I couldn't bear to see these teary-eyed victims go without their flags."
Froscher has become well-known in the community for his random acts of kindness and last year was recognized with a statewide victim service award from the Florida Attorney General's Office.
Deputies are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.