Pride flag stolen from Almonte museum

ALMONTE – Police are searching for those behind, not only the theft of a Pride flag from the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, but the whole flagpole too.

“The Lanark Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking assistance from the public after an act of theft and mischief in the Almonte area,” media relations coordinator Const. Bill Dickson released in a statement today (June 26).

On June 24, officers responded to a report that a Pride flag and flag pole had been stolen overnight from the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum on Rosamond Street East in Mississippi Mills. The flagpole was located nearby, undamaged, but the Pride flag had been destroyed.

“The investigation indicates the incident may have occurred between 2 and 2:30 a.m. on June 24,” Dickson said. “An older model blue car was seen in the area at the time and surveillance video shows two young women in nearby Gemmill Park, holding the flag. While it may seem like a prank, theft and damage to property are crimes.”

Anyone with information should contact the Lanark OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.