Iowa Legion: Flagpoles stolen on Memorial Day

Associated Press

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Officials in western Iowa are investigating the theft of hundreds of metal flagpoles used for the Memorial Day holiday.

The American Legion in Carroll says it reported the theft of a trailer from its property Monday morning. The trailer had about 300 flagpoles that were supposed to be placed with American flags to line the roads of the city cemetery.

The Legion says a second trailer with a few hundred more flagpoles was stolen Monday night.

The Carroll Daily Times Herald reports the trailers and flagpoles were later recovered, though no arrests have been made in the case. Legion officials believe the thief or thieves were trying to sell the flagpoles for scrap metal. A least two Carroll area salvage yards refused to buy the roughly 550 flagpoles.

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