Woman arrested for stealing, burning Lewes man’s flag

July 14, 2018

A Wilmington woman faces charges after stealing and burning a Lewes man’s “thin blue line flag.”

About 5:15 p.m., July 13, a citizen reported a flag was stolen near the Nassau Bridge on Coastal Highway north of Lewes. The citizen reported a black Chevrolet was parked on the left shoulder near the median next to a displayed “thin blue line flag.”

The witness said the driver’s-side door was ajar and a white woman was outside the vehicle straddling the bridge median and reaching for the flag. The suspect returned to her vehicle with the flag, and the witness saw her drive by his location, while operating her cellphone. The witness obtained her vehicle description and tag number. 

An investigation matched the suspect’s black Chevrolet Malibu as belonging to Catherine Iocco, 21, of Wilmington. Troopers found the suspect’s vehicle in Milton and apprehended Iocco without incident.

The suspect was unable to retrieve the flag because she had set it on fire and destroyed it.

Police learned the owner of the flag had mounted the flag and pole to the bridge on July 10 after learning of the passing of Delaware State Police Trooper William F. Matt.

Iocco was taken to Troop 7 where she was charged with theft, criminal mischief and other related traffic charges. She was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $275 unsecured bond.