Arrest in Stolen Flags Case

Time: 1:31 p.m.
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Location: Circle Lake Drive, Paducah
Suspect: Andy C. Sneed, 43, of Indianapolis, IN, arrested on a charge of felony theft by unlawful taking

A caller’s report of a reckless driver has led to the arrest of an Indiana man and the recovery of 22 flags stolen from various locations last week.

A motorist called E911 Central Dispatch and reported a black pickup truck being driven recklessly. A check of the vehicle’s license plate revealed it was registered to a truck matching the description of one used in the theft of flags from Paducah Power Systems, the Paducah Police Department and other locations on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Officers located the truck on Circle Lake Drive and contacted Andy C. Sneed, the owner. Sneed admitted he was in possession of a number of flags, but claimed he had “acquired” them, or they had been given to him.

When Sneed opened the tailgate of his truck, Officer Eric Abbott said he found 19 U.S. flags, a Paducah city flag, a Kentucky state flag and a flag belonging to a local church amongst trash in the bed of the truck.

Sneed was arrested on a charge of felony theft by unlawful taking and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

Pictured:  Evidence Technician Amanda Kinser (left) and Officer Dana Davie fold one of 19 U.S. flags found in the back of Andy Sneed’s pickup truck.

folding American flag