He’s Caught Stealing American Flag from Business. but the Owner — a Veteran and Former Cop — Has a Better Idea Than an Arrest.

A 19-year-old teen was caught on surveillance video stealing an American flag from a Missouri business early Thursday morning — but Bill Hoaglin, the owner of Beacon Car & Pet Wash, had a better idea in mind than an arrest, KTVI-TV reported. . .

Hoaglin posted the surveillance footage on Facebook, which led to people identifying Keaton Chandler, the station said. . .

Hoaglin told the outlet that Chandler offered to return the flag if Hoaglin removed the Facebook footage. But Hoaglin, a former cop of 18 years who specialized in community issues, offered Chandler a deal: Return the flag and avoid criminal charges by carrying out a symbolic punishment, Yahoo Lifestyle said.

“I sent my daughter to Walmart to purchase more than 150 miniature American flags for Keaton to pass out to customers,” Hoaglin added to the outlet. . .

For nearly five hours Chandler distributed every single flag to customers, Yahoo Lifestyle reported, adding that Hoaglin noted that Chandler “said he would do whatever it takes.” (Read more from “He’s Caught Stealing American Flag from Business. but the Owner — a Veteran and Former Cop — Has a Better Idea Than an Arrest.” HERE)

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