Man just out of jail charged in police flag theft

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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Police in Albany say a 43-year-old man just released from jail shimmied up their flagpole and swiped an Oregon flag and a U.S. flag.

Officers tell the Albany Democrat-Herald (http://bit.ly/If42sS ) that Craig James Pitcher was charged with theft.

Department employees Friday morning noticed the flags were absent. They cued up surveillance tape and spotted a man climbing the pole at 1:14 a.m.

Officers immediately identified Pitcher. Sgt. Dan Jones says he had been released five minutes earlier from Linn County Jail and the video showed him walking to the flagpole.

Police Friday morning took a report of a man shoplifting wine and arrested Pitcher. Pitcher told police he had been forced to leave behind a bicycle during a previous arrest and the department owed him money.

Police recovered the Oregon flag.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com