Pride flag thefts: Police in Kennebunk, Maine investigate
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Pride flag thefts: Police in Kennebunk, Maine investigate

KENNEBUNK, Maine – Police are investigating multiple incidents of Pride flags being stolen from poles on Main Street.

The city raised the flags in late May to mark Pride Month, which honors the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and their fight for equal rights.

According to Kennebunk Police Chief Bob MacKenzie, thefts are misdemeanors. He said the motivation for the crime is not yet known but should become a focus as the investigation continues.

The Pride flag flies in front of Kennebunk City Hall in Kennebunk, Maine, June 2023.

“It’s disappointing,” MacKenzie said Monday. “We take this very seriously. We hope we can remedy this.”

MacKenzie encouraged anyone with information to contact Police Department detectives at 207-985-2102, ext. 1608 or submitting an anonymous report via the city’s website.

Media reports have reported cases in which individuals and groups across the country opposed the celebration of June Pride Month in their communities. MacKenzie said the Kennebunk Police Department does not believe the recent thefts of local Pride flags are connected to a broader and more focused operation outside city limits.