Gay man's home vandalized, caught on tape

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Posted: Oct 4, 2011 5:54 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Oct 4, 2011 5:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

  Rating: 5.0 (2 votes)

Topics: hate, crime, homosexual, gay, rainbow, flag

BATON ROUGE - It's a crime that has one gay man offended, and scared that this may be just the beginning.

For weeks, "bigots" as he calls them continue to steal a rainbow flag from his house; sometimes throwing it in the street or the front yard and often stealing it.

After the third time it was stolen, surveillance cameras were installed and the culprit was caught on tape. You can see a beige older model Chevrolet Tahoe pull up. The driver gets out while his passenger looks for on-coming traffic to clear. The man rips the flag down, slams it on the ground and takes off.

The victim's roommate said even though this isn't a violent crime, there's still a victim and the suspects should be held accountable.

"Whether you support gay rights or you don't support gay rights, it doesn't matter you don't come up and vandalize someone's personal property like that," Michael Ruffin said.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is investigating, but right now there's just not much evidence to go on, and the only potential charges are trespassing and damage to property.

If you can identify the people involved in this case, contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at (225) 389-5000.

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