Clovis News

Car dealership recovers stolen giant flag

Hedrick's Chevrolet has its oversized American flag back.

Someone dropped off the flag, tucked in a green canvas bag, at Clovis fire station No. 3 at 555 N. Villa St. sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, said Clovis police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee.

A firefighter discovered it Sunday morning and called Clovis police, who returned the flag to the dealership about 10 a.m., Stoll-Lee said.

Brett Hedrick, the dealership's general manager, said the flag was in excellent condition. He said he plans to have a public flag-raising ceremony later this week, but no details were available Sunday because he hadn't had time to plan it yet.

The oversized flag was reported stolen a week ago from the dealership at Shaw Avenue and Highway 168. Thieves apparently covered a light that illuminated the flag and then pulled it down from a cell-phone tower that served as the dealership's flagpole.

The theft outraged some community organizations, and prompted offers of replacements. The Clovis Veterans Memorial District agreed late last week to replace the 38-foot-by-20-foot flag and ordered a new one Friday morning.

Hedrick said that since flags have such a short life span -- they need to be replaced about every 6 months -- he intends to buy the flag ordered for him by the memorial district and keep it for a spare.