LGBTQ Pride flags stolen during bias vandalism in Frenchtown

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Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers offer a $2,500 reward for information 

A $2,500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the individuals who vandalized Frenchtown borough homes where symbols of LGBTQ solidarity were displayed.

Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers has offered the reward after homes were vandalized in the neighborhood between 4th and 6th streets on the night of Sunday, Aug. 7 and Monday Aug. 8. At least eleven LGBTQ Pride flags were stolen or damaged in the act. 

Borough officials were quick to condemn the anti-LGBTQ vandalism.

“We strongly condemn these acts of vandalism designed to instill fear and intimidation among our neighbors,” Mayor Brad Myhre wrote on the borough’s Facebook page. “Frenchtown will not tolerate these hateful acts and we ask for your assistance in helping bring the individual or individuals to justice.”

Patrolman Kevin Coletta of the Frenchtown Police Department is leading the investigation. According to Mayor Myhre, they have been in touch with the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office. 

“At this time the incidents are still under active investigation,” Ptl. Coletta said via email. 

Residents with any video surveillance footage from Sunday, including a Ring camera doorbell system, should contact Coletta at 908-996-4820. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling 800-321-0010, or online at CrimeStoppersHunterdon.com.

“Frenchtown is a welcoming community and embraces our friends and neighbors within the LGBTQ+ community,” the Borough Council wrote in a statement. “We are stronger because of our diversity and for the creativity and individuality that each and every person brings to our town.”

Journalist Chelsey Johnstone is the former Project Manager for Greater Trenton and was primary writer for TrentonDaily. She is a senior journalism major at Montclair State University and former communication and music student at Mercer County Community College. While attending her community college, Chelsey led her student newspaper, The College VOICE, as Editor-in-Chief. Now, Chelsey is working to advance her journalist skills freelancing for Out in Jersey Magazine and Unclear Magazine with the hope of positively impacting the world of reporting.