Thieves steal American flag from Petaluma feed mill

If the Petaluma skyline looks different today it may be because the iconic Dairyman's Feed & Supply Co. is missing its American flag.

The flag was the second one to be stolen from the 108-rooftop in six months, leaving the folks who work at the co-op on East Washington Street to wonder why.

"It upsets you — you know? — to think that someone is stealing the flag. And for what purpose?" Office Manager Clarette McDonald asked.

The 11-story, 1937 feed mill and grain elevator towers over downtown Petaluma and dominates the skyline even as it provides a reminder of the city's long agricultural traditions.

The 10-by-15-foot flag was not only stolen but slashed — just like last time — from the metal rings through which it was strung to the roof-top flag pole atop grain storage silos, police said.

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