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Willmar police say flag burner has confessed

WILLMAR, Minn. - The Willmar police say officers have secured a confession from a 40-year-old man for burning U.S. flags at two downtown businesses.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, the man, a local resident who will not be named until he is formally charged, confessed Thursday to burning both flags at separate locations June 1.

Police identified the man as a person of interest and a possible suspect within a few days of the original reports, the Facebook post states, but to prevent any false accusations, a “diligent police investigation continued.”

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension provided services for video enhancement, and that assistance helped investigators gain enough evidence to properly interview the suspect, who then confessed, the posting says.

An official arrest was not made, as the crimes are misdemeanors and were not witnessed. The suspect’s name will be released in the next few days after formal charges have been filed, police said.

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