WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Westfield Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects caught on camera stealing pride flags from a Westfield home.
In the video shared by Westfield Police, a man with his face covered by his shirt is seen taking a rainbow flag and a transgender pride flag from the home’s front porch. A person on the sidewalk is also seen, possibly recording the incident on their phone. They both then run away together. Police believe the video may have been posted on social media or somewhere online.
The suspects are believed to be responsible for multiple thefts at this same house, allegedly motived by bias against the residents.
22News spoke with one Westfield resident who told us she never expected an event like this to happen in her community.
“That honestly really surprises me because I have never seen anything like that,” said Jillian Lemon. “Wow. I think that’s wrong. To go on someone’s property and do something like that? That’s not yours. Why are you touching it if its not yours?”
Westfield Councilor at Large Kristen Mello sent 22News the following statement about the incident and said neighbors came together and already replaced the stolen flags, “Westfield residents deserve to live in peace. This repeated vandalism is symptomatic of resurging harassments experienced by members of the LGBTQ+ community in recent years. It needs to be addressed before it escalates. On the whole, ours is a community of families, friends, and neighbors who fundamentally care about each other… like the kind neighbors who found and replaced the stolen flags earlier today.”
Anyone with information on the suspects or if you find the video online, you are asked to contact Westfield Police Detective Cekovsky at 642-9386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.