Boise Police have arrested a person suspected of stealing pride flags in the Boise North End.
BOISE, Idaho – The community of Boise proves love trumps hate after pride flags are stolen and damaged in the North End.
Boise Police responded to reports of a theft on Harrison Boulevard early Friday morning. Officers were immediately able to locate the suspect, 18-year-old Gage Burlile. He was taken to Ada County Jail and charged with petty theft.
25 of the 29 pride flags on Harrison Boulevard have been stolen or destroyed, according to a Facebook post. The total value of the flags and pegs is approximately $ 400.
“I am so saddened to learn that the pride flags lining Harrison Blvd. were stolen last night,” said Lauren McLean, Mayor of Boise. posted on twitter Friday. “Boise is a welcoming and loving place for all – and my heart goes out to those who have already been made to feel the opposite.”
Boise Pride Festival has installed flags and banners around Boise during Pride Month for the past five years. Group leaders said it was “sad and disappointing” to watch. However, the outpouring of support from neighbors and community members throughout the day has been incredible.
Boise Pride has implemented a Fundraising to help replace flags and ask people to donate. Officials have already seen huge contributions.
A pride flag rally was organized by the Harrison Boulevard district which is scheduled to take place Friday evening at 6 p.m. People are encouraged to come forward with “love” and help put up new flags.
“We will not put up with such fanaticism – neither here nor anywhere,” read a statement on the event’s Facebook page. “Love always wins!”
People are also encouraged to bring a 10 foot ladder to help set up the flags.