While most New Yorkers were content to celebrate America's birthday with fireworks displays both legal and illegal, at least one overt patriot needed a little more stimulation to get in the spirit of the holiday. Police say bicycle-riding thief stole American flags from seven different Brooklyn homes on Independence Day morning. You can see a video of the suspect below.

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Cops say that the suspect rode up on a bicycle and removed American flags from residential homes in the vicinity of Sherman Street and 10th Avenue around 5:30 a.m. on Friday. He is described as a white, male, wearing blue denim shorts and a bandana, and carrying two backpacks.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.