CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (May 14, 2015) -- A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps is upset after he says his flags were stolen from his property in Connersville. Derek Holly thinks an American flag and a Marine Corps flag, which commemorates five years defending our country, were stolen late Tuesday night or Wednesday.
He noticed the theft Wednesday afternoon.
"It makes me sick," Holly said. "It's completely disrespectful to myself, to veterans that have gone and those that will come to serve."
The flags had been flying on the flagpole in Holly's front yard since 2013 and he is wondering why someone would steal them.
"I've lived here for three years and I don't think I've angered anybody that bad," Holly said. "I have no reason to, I keep to myself."
Derek Holly's wife, Latisha, saw her husband just after he realized the flags were stolen.
"He just hung his head and shook it, and I knew we had to do something. It was almost like he was going to get sick," she said.
The family has a message for the thief.
"If you return them, great. If you don't? It's fine. Just understand the magnitude of what you've done here and that you won't go unpunished," Holly said.
The Hollys have already ordered new flags which will be put up as soon as they arrive.