Community raises thousands to replace stolen Pride flags in Burien

BURIEN, Wash. — Nearly a week ago, dozens of Pride flags were stolen from downtown Burien.

Surveillance video of the thieves was caught on camera.

But there’s now some good news, after the community came together and raised thousands of dollars to help bring in new flags to help end Pride Month on a strong note.

Discover Burien said the money raised by the community will help buy 75 new flags.

Last Monday, a man went through downtown Burien and took dozens of Pride flags. Discover Burien Executive Director Deborah George said all but four flags were taken that day, but someone came back later and took those, too.

George said that wasn’t the first time Pride flags were stolen. She said it happened a few years ago as well.

George said that regardless, the city wasn’t going to let the thieves run Pride for the city.

“I mean, we don’t understand why people have to hate so much. We should love everyone no matter who they are,” said George.

The new flags are expected to be delivered on Monday or Tuesday, but the poles have to be custom-made.