Is thieving groundhog a vandal or just a flag lover? (Getty images)
Is thieving groundhog a vandal or just a flag lover?
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A sheriff's deputy investigating reports of vandalized flags at an upstate New York cemetery has caught the culprit in the act.

It was a groundhog.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour says he sent a deputy to the veterans' section of Cold Springs Cemetery in Lockport. Parents of an Army specialist buried there called reporters earlier this week to complain about the damaged flags.

Groundskeeper Rodney Burdick says about 31 flags were missing from veterans' graves.

Voutour says he wouldn't have believed the groundhog was responsible. But then his deputy watched the animal take the flags, break them with its front paws and take them into its den.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was it necessary to see the groundhog in action?

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COMMENTS (44)
  • abigailb-3
    5/30/2014 - 01:19 p.m.

    This article is about damaged property in upstate New York. A sheriff was investigating it and it was found to just be a groundhog. The groundhog ruined about 31 flags and they are now missing from veterans graves. People say that they don't believe it was just a groundhog. Overall, i find this article very interesting that little groundhog could do all of that, but i wish that it wouldn't ruin soliders flags on their graves because that it very sad. If i was a groundhog i wouldnt do that.

  • AnnaN-5
    5/30/2014 - 03:59 p.m.

    A groundhog has been vandalizing flags in an upstate New York cemetery. The Sheriff found out about this from the parents of an Army specialist buried in the cemetary when they complained about the damaged flags. About 31 flags were missing from veteran's graves. I think its kind of funny that a groundhog was doing this but it makes me wonder what they're going to do with it.

  • NickS-2
    5/30/2014 - 04:27 p.m.

    A groundhog has been vandalizing flags at an upstate New York cemetery. This investigation began because parents of an army specialist buried there called reporters earlier this week and complained about the damage. The groundskeeper said 31 flags were missing. This was surprising that the vandal was a groundhog. I think it is actually very funny that a groundhog was responsible for this damage. I wonder how he was able to take all of the flags by himself. I would be mad if I was the one who placed the flag and it went missing. I hope they got all the flags back and returned them to their original spot.

  • sofiavi-3
    5/30/2014 - 05:01 p.m.

    This article is about a groundhog vandalizing flags. The vandalized flags were located in a New York cemetery. The sheriff investigating the crime didn't think a groundhog committed the crime. Another officer though, saw the groundhog taking a flag and carrying it back to the den. I think that this article is very interesting.

  • EvanF-2
    5/30/2014 - 06:05 p.m.

    There was a report of vandalized flags at an upstate cemetery. It ended up just being a groundhog. It was said that 31 flags were missing from veterans' graves but deputes then found the small animal breaking the flags and running into his den.
    This is very humerus and funny that this little guy would do such a thing! But it's kind of insulting for the veterans whose flags went missing and got wrecked...

  • JettW-1
    5/30/2014 - 06:23 p.m.

    A groundhog has recently been found responsible for vandalizing flags at the New York cemetery. According to the Groundskeeper about thirty one flags have disappeared. A sheriff in Niagra County, James Voutour couldn't believe the little animal was the culprit. The sheriff was the one who discovered the crimes were done by a groundhog. The sheriff himself along with others saw before their eyes the groundhog steal a flag and break it in half with its hands. The flags are most likely in his den.
    I find this story very cute. It's very interesting how smart groundhogs are.

  • LukeS-2
    5/30/2014 - 06:33 p.m.

    Many flags are being vandalized in New York . About 31 flags were missing from veterans graves. The groundskeeper saw a groundhog take them. I think they should keep better control there vermin better so flags don't get taken.

  • KyraD-5
    5/30/2014 - 06:42 p.m.

    This article is about a groundhog stealing flags at the veteran section of a cemetery. It breaks them off, and brings them to its den. About 31 flags went missing. I think this is very interesting. I wonder why it would want the flags.

  • jackjr-2
    5/30/2014 - 06:54 p.m.

    This is about a groundhog vandalizing flags. The flags are located in a NY cemetery. The sheriff ho worked one the case didn't think a groundhog did it. Another officer saw the groundhog taking a flag and carrying it back to the den. I think that this article is very interesting.

  • FayeA-5
    5/31/2014 - 01:57 a.m.

    flags are being vandalized in New York . 31 flags were missing from veterans graves. The groundskeeper saw a groundhog take them. I think they should keep better control there vermin so flags don't get taken.

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