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Two pride flags stolen in Santa Barbara County, with video of one being burned posted on social media

Tim Bieler
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies say two pride flags were stolen in the Santa Ynez Valley, and one was burned. They say the men responsible confessed.

Sheriff's deputies say they found the men responsible: hate crime charges being recommended.

Deputies say they’ve solved a shocking hate crime on the Central Coast.

Two LGBTQ+ flags were stolen, and one of them was burned.

Last week, a pride flag was stolen from Los Olivos. As deputies began investigating the incident, they learned there was an online video of someone burning a pride flag.

Deputies say they tracked down two young men who admitted stealing, and burning the flag which was seen on social media, as well as taking a second flag from the Ballard area.

The Sheriff’s Office is recommending that prosecutors seek hate crime, and petty theft charges against the two men. Their names haven’t been released.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.