An openly gay Davenport pastor says it's a hate crime that someone would repeatedly steal the flag outside his church and damage the flagpole.
Last week's theft was the sixth time in a year that Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad-Cities has been robbed of a Christian pride flag, the Rev. Rich Hendricks said.
"Every time I put a new Christian pride flag up there, it disappears," he said.
At first, he considered the thefts a nuisance and didn't contact police. But after so many thefts, the flagpole has been damaged to the point where a flag no longer can be raised to the top.
"It's frustrating," he said. "Now we have to get a different flagpole. They're not cheap."
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