WEATHERFORD, Texas — At least seven family homes — some with strong military ties — have had their American flags ripped down, set ablaze, and destroyed in the past few days.
Mike Freiley and his wife woke up to find their flagpole charred, and the flag destroyed on Friday morning.
"It burnt and melted right there on the pole," said Freiley, a 30-year veteran of the United States Navy. "Yeah, it makes me really angry."
Freiley lives off West Ball Street. At least one other home on the street also had its flag destroyed.
Karmann Goff lives about a mile away off West Spring. She found her flag burned to a crisp and lying in the street Friday, too.
"It's really unsettling," she said.
The longtime resident has two sons serving as specialists in the U.S. Army. Both are currently deployed in Afghanistan.
"If you wanna go buy one and burn it, that is fine. [But] don't come and steal one on private property and desecrate the American flag," she said.
Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said there are five other flag-burning cases reported over the weekend for a total of seven.
Investigators are hoping tips will result in a break in the cases, because right now, there aren't many leads.
"With a little publicity, we hope to find out something," Hopkins told News 8 by phone. "All of it seems to happen at night."
Hopkins said it didn't appear that anyone was directly targeted, but added it's still too early to know for sure what the suspect's motives are.
Anyone with any information should contact Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555.