‘I regret it’: Man who stole Trump flag from Lincoln home says he plans to apologize to owner
A man who stole a Donald Trump flag from a Lincoln home says he regrets doing so.
A man who stole a Donald Trump flag from a Lincoln home over the weekend says he regrets doing so.
The man, who asked not to be identified because of threats he’s received, reached out to Channel 8 Eyewitness News asking to share his side of the story.
He said stealing the flag “was probably the dumbest decision I ever made.”
Lincoln Department Investigators found a Facebook post by the 19-year-old in which advertised the flag for sale. He listed the price at $9,999,999 and includes the description “For all the trump supporters.”
The post includes pictures of the flag on fire, and has a caption with an expletive preceding the word Trump.
“It was a decision I had made that obviously wasn’t the smarter one after talking to some of the people I respect in my life,” the man said. “It was just impulse – stupid thing to do, you know?”
The man says he regrets stealing the flag. He says he plans to apologize to the owner and repay them for it, but says he doesn’t think right now is the best time to do so.
“I’ll pay the price for what I did,” he said. “I’ll own up to it.”
The homeowner, who did not want be identified because they fear they could be targeted again, told Channel 8 Eyewitness News they were upset someone would do this to their property.
Police said the man was cited and released. He said he met with city prosecutors Thursday, but doesn’t have a court date set.
City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick told Channel 8 Eyewitness News the alleged crime wouldn’t fall under the city’s recently passed ‘hate intimidation’ ordinance because the ordinance does not include political groups in its protections.