BEDFORD -- A vandal who doesn’t like the Confederate flag is on the loose.
A second report of someone upset with a homeowner flying the flag surfaced Friday, this time in a Bedford neighborhood on July 23 where a vandal took down the symbol of Dixie and left it burning on a front porch.
A threatening note also was left near the burning flag, according to a police report.
The note referenced “finishing the job that Sherman didn’t.”
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A burning cross was placed in the front yard of a Hurst home on July 24 with a note that warned the residents to get rid of a Confederate flag, police said.
“At this point, we don’t have any leads,” Bedford police Lt. Kirk Roberts said Friday, referring to the Bedford case.
The 62-year-old Bedford homeowner who spoke on the condition that he not be identified said Friday that he had flown the American and Confederate flags in his backyard for three years without any problems.
The flags were on 16 to 18-foot tall poles, he said.
“They had to jump a backyard fence,” he said Friday. “We were asleep and never heard anything.”
The Bedford resident said he found the burning flag on his porch when he left for work on the morning of July 23.
But he had another Confederate flag up the next day.
In Hurst, a 57-year-old resident found the 4-foot-tall cross about 2 a.m. July 24 in the 100 block of Lynn Drive, according to Hurst police reports.
“Someone rang the doorbell and when I looked outside, there it was,” said the man, who asked that his name not be published.
A note left near the front door stated that the homeowner had a week to “dispose of the treasonous colors,” according to the police report.
The Hurst homeowner said he took the flag down Tuesday to prevent problems.
“It was a curtain in my son’s room,” he said. “It doesn’t mean anything to me other than many men on both sides died in that war.”
The man told police that he had put the flag up in December and had not had any other problems.