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    Teen accused of stealing 49 flags

    ©Associated Press,
    published September 23, 2001

    NORTH LAUDERDALE -- A 16-year-old boy stole American flags from his neighbors' yards, hoping to take advantage of the public's patriotic fervor after the terrorist attacks to sell them at a flea market, authorities said.

    The teen, whose name was not released, and two 15-year-old friends were arrested for possession of alcohol by a minor after police noticed two open bottles of beer on the front seat and a six-pack in the back, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.

    During a search of the car, police found 49 flags in the trunk.

    Charges are pending against the 16-year-old on the theft of the flags, officials said.

    All three suspects are students at Cypress Run Alternative/ESE Center in Pompano Beach, police said.

    North Lauderdale police stopped the car Thursday because it matched the description of one involved in a window-breaking incident earlier in the week.

    All three boys were released to their parents.

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