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Thief steals flag intended for Air Force veteran’s widow

Doug Wagemann and his dog Lady present Stephanie Gianinni, a Roseville Police Department community service officer, with a flag to replace one stolen in a burglary. The stolen flag was to be presented to the widow of an Air Force veteran during a burial service.
Doug Wagemann and his dog Lady present Stephanie Gianinni, a Roseville Police Department community service officer, with a flag to replace one stolen in a burglary. The stolen flag was to be presented to the widow of an Air Force veteran during a burial service. Roseville Police Department

A United States flag to be presented to the family of an Air Force veteran during a burial service was among items stolen from a Roseville residence.

The theft occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday. The flag, in a case, was stolen from an open garage in a neighborhood near Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard and Baseline Road, according to a Roseville Police Department news release.

The service flag was for an Air Force veteran who is to be laid to rest this weekend. The flag was to be presented to the man’s wife of 25 years during the burial service, the news release said.

After posting news of the theft on Twitter and Facebook, the Police Department was contacted by Doug Wagemann, a local funeral director, who wanted to replace the stolen flag. In a follow-up post, police announced that the replacement flag will be given to the veteran’s wife in time for the weekend service.

Police still want to recover the stolen flag as well as other property taken in the in the burglary. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to email Community Service Officer Stephanie Giannini at sgiannini@roseville.ca.us.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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