When Alexander J. McGee was caught driving around Mashpee with stolen memorial flags in the front seat of his car on August 7, he told police, “I want to apologize for my actions.”

Apparently that is just what he will need to do.

Mr. McGee, 28, of Thornberry Circle in Mashpee appeared in court Wednesday, November 7, on charges of vandalizing property and larceny of a value less than $1,200.

The charges stem from an incident on August 7 when a witness saw Mr. McGee tearing the police and fire memorial flags from the overpass of the Mid-Cape Highway at Exit 5 that has become a well-known display of patriotic and memorial flags dedicated to the military and first responders.

The witness provided a vehicle license plate number that led Barnstable and Mashpee police to Mr. McGee’s Mashpee address, where they found the vehicle and flags in plain view in the front seat of the car.

On the charge of larceny, Mr. McGee admitted to sufficient facts and the case has been continued without a finding for two years. He was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service, write a letter of apology, and remain under the care of a psychiatrist following all recommendations.

The vandalism charge was dismissed upon request of the commonwealth.

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