Police seek man who allegedly defaced, stole American flag

Police need help finding a man who they say defaced and stole an American flag in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale police say the suspect removed the flag from its pole, threw it to the ground and stole it from its pole at the Scottsdale Park Suites near Miller and McDowell Roads on July 27-28. In addition to the flag theft, police say the suspect also damaged a light that illuminates the flag pole.

The suspect is described as white, 5'10" and 250 to 275 pounds. He was last seen walking away from the Scottsdale Park Suites on Miller Road.

Based upon the surveillance photos and that the incidents occurred on consecutive nights, police believe the suspect lives near the Scottsdale Park Suites.

If you have any information, please call Scottsdale police at 480-312-5000. Anonymous tips can be left at www.tipsoft.com or by calling 480-312-TIPS.