After receiving an anonymous tip Saturday evening, deputies located the truck parked in Hobgood Park and the juvenile driver. Deputies confirmed one of the three flags in the truck bed was one of the missing custom-made flags from the Towne Lake Optimist Club, Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office said.
Baker said the 16-year-old was arrested and charged with theft by receiving before being released to a parent.
Still missing are the eight other flags, worth about $40 each, taken from various locations in the Towne Lake area. In total, the cost of the nine flags stolen is about $360, Baker said.
Marvin Glanzer, Towne Lake Optimist Club member and chairman of the flag program, said businesses and residents purchase the flags to display on their properties, and 100 percent of the funds raised are given to various organizations and programs that help needy children. About 200 flags are distributed for patriotic holidays, Glanzer said.
Glanzer reported the flags were missing last Monday, Baker said.
Club President Matt Halloran said those wishing to return the flags can put them back where they were previously located and members will gladly retrieve them.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact investigators at (770) 928-0239.