Catherine Iocco, 21, hit with numerous charges
The Delaware State Police arrested a Wilmington woman for stealing and burning a flag Friday, July 13.
Police said the incident occurred around 5:15 p.m., after a report was received from a concerned citizen that a flag was stolen from the area of the Nassau Bridge on Coastal Highway north of Lewes.
It was reported a black Chevrolet was pulled over on the left shoulder near the median adjacent to where a "thin blue line" flag was on display, police said.
Thin Blue Line flags are memorial banners, often for fallen officers.
The vehicle was sitting stationary with the driver's side door ajar with a white female outside of the vehicle straddling the bridge median and reaching for the flag, police said.
As the suspect returned to her vehicle with the flag, the witness observed her drive by his location while operating her cell phone and obtained her vehicle description and tag number.
The investigation revealed the vehicle description matched the suspect's Chevrolet Malibu and later discovered belonged to Catherine Iocco, 21, of Wilmington, according to police.
Troopers were able to ascertain the location of the suspect vehicle in Milton and apprehended Iocco without incident.
Iocco was unable to return the flag because she set the flag on fire and destroyed it, police said.
After making contact with the owner of the flag, it was learned that he mounted the pole and flag to the bridge this past Tuesday morning after learning about the passing of Trooper William F. Matt.
Iocco was transported to Troop 7 where she was processed and formally charged for theft, criminal mischief and other traffic charges.
She was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $275.00 unsecured bond.