Stars and stripes ripped off before holiday |

Stars and stripes ripped off before holiday

Staff reports

A day before the country’s July 4 celebration a giant American flag was ripped from a support wall at the Lakefront Professional Building on the South Shore.

The flag, valued at $750, draped over the building, which is owned by South Lake Tahoe businessmen Tim Stoll, Bill Conlin, Ralph Adams, Dusty Merringer and John DonKonics. The building is located at 3351 Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

“This is a big shock, especially when it happens right before July 4,” said Lakefront Office Coordinator Kim Ranalla.

The flag was bought by the businessmen after Sept. 11. It was suspended from the building by six rivets and a lock. The thieves apparently ripped the flag down, leaving some of its threads tangled in the rivets, Ranalla said.

“They didn’t just steal and desecrate this from us but from they also stole it from the people of South Lake Tahoe,” she said. “The person who did this was not only stupid, but unpatriotic.”

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