Skip to main content
Find a Lawyer
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Find a Lawyer

More Options

Squirrel's Flag Theft Caught on Camera by Toledo Police

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. | Last updated on

A flag-stealing squirrel is to blame for the recent disappearances of small flags at the Toledo Police Memorial Garden in Ohio.

Officers had been noticing that flags were disappearing from the memorial for days, reports the Toledo Blade.

No suspects were spotted, and no clues were found. Until now.

The furry and elusive flag-stealing squirrel was spotted by police officers James Brown and Mark King Wednesday morning, the Toledo Blade reports.

Officers even caught the squirrel red-pawed:

Photo Credit: Toledo Police/Lieutenant James Brown

Apparently, the squirrel was quite adept at taking the miniature flags off the wooden dowel. Officers said it took the furry little critter about 30 seconds to remove the flag.

Clearly, this squirrel had practice. It already had a few flags neatly woven into its nest, located in a nearby tree, according to the Toledo Blade. At least he should get some brownie points for being patriotic.

Is the squirrel going to get a judicial smack-down for his flag-stealing ways? Probably not.

After all, the squirrel is a squirrel.

And, animals aren't usually subject to criminal laws like "stealing," even if their flagrantly illegal actions are caught on film.

Most criminal statutes are written with, well, humans in mind. Though, sometimes pet owners can be criminally or civilly liable if their pets do something against the law. For example, dog owners can be liable for their dog's biting if the dog has a history of aggression.

But, it seems like nobody "owns" this flag-stealing squirrel. So, is anybody really to blame for his pilfering antics? The Toledo Police Memorial Garden has, however, lost about three miniature flags in the past few days, according to the AP.

Related Resources:

Was this helpful?

Response sent, thank you

You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:
Copied to clipboard