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Pair steals black and blue ribbons honoring fallen HPD officers

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Community members hang black and blue ribbon with American Flags in honor of Officers Tate and Deen Community members hang black and blue ribbon with American Flags in honor of Officers Tate and Deen
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Businesses across the Hub City have been showing support for two fallen Hattiesburg Police officers by hanging black and blue ribbons on their store fronts.

One local business owners decorations were stolen, and it was all caught on camera.

In one of the cities darkest hours, and a time of mourning, a pair of people decided to steal ribbons and American Flags from Delk's Tire Sales & Service on Bouie street.

“We went out there and started looking and discovered everything was missing, so we went through our video cameras and saw the people stealing them,” said Owner, Joey Delk.

The shop is located just a few blocks from the scene where Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed Saturday May, 9th.

The shop's surveillance footage shows two black males in a dark colored vehicle removing American Flags, as well as cutting a wreath off the pole in front of the business.

“It upset us, they both worked this area, it happened right down the street, they were friends…its just a respect factor, and they are showing none,” said Delk.

One of Delk's biggest questions is why anyone would steal things like this, especially after such a tragic event.

“We woulda gave it to them if they wanted it, I don't know why they took it, id like to know though,”said Delk.

Delk isn't planning on pressing any charges at this time.

“It's not worth HPD having to worry about that right now, that's nothing that they need to worry about right now,” said Delk.

Thanks to the help of a Hattiesburg Police Officer and the community, the shop is decorated again with more on the way.

“I've got people from five different states bringing me things this weekend, they want to black and blue it out, so that's what we are doing,” said Delk.

In the video, there was also a female in a red car. She has called the store multiple times to apologize and claimed she was not involved in the matter, however she is seen in the video speaking with the two suspects in the other car.

Regardless of the matter, Delk just wants to show support for the Hattiesburg Police Department and honor his two friends.

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