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Man taken to jail for trying to steal flag

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

It's day to be patriotic but perhaps one guy took it too far. A man was arrested after Savannah- Chatham metropolitan police said he stole a British flag from Battlefield Memorial Park at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Louisville Road.

The British flag was flying on top of the battle mound as part of a revolutionary war reenactment. Police said they saw a man steal it and when they approached him, he was not willing to let go of it until police say they finally wrestled the man to ground.

The flag belongs to the Coastal Heritage Society but when police returned it, the flag had been desecrated.

WTOC spoke to a couple of reinactors who said it looks like the flag had been stabbed with its stake holder. They said the flag was not a historic artifact, only a replica but it won't be flying on the mound again until it can be fixed or replaced.

We still don't know what the guy's motive was for stealing it but some wonder if this was a cynical act of patriotism. 

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