Pride flags ripped down along Harrison Boulevard in Boise

Pride flags along Harrison Blvd. in Boise’s North end were stolen from their poles overnight.

Boise Pride Festival posted on Twitter they are “sad and disappointed” to report the flags were ripped down.

An effort to replace them is underway and Boise Pride is asking people to support the effort by making a donation.

CBS2 reports the value of the flags and dowels was estimated to be about $400.

Boise Police said they responded to a report of a theft in progress regarding the pride flags around 2:15 Friday morning.

Officers immediately found the suspect, 18-year-old Gage Burlile, because the reporting party who witnessed the crime wished to proceed with a citizen’s arrest.

Boise Police took the suspect to the Ada County Jail and booked him for misdemeanor petit theft.

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean made a statement on Twitter saying, “Boise is a welcoming and loving place for all — and my heart goes out to those who have ever been made to feel otherwise.”

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