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23 Jul 2014 08:29 AM EST

-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: Brooklyn Bridge towers (Image Source: Martin Durrschnabel)

The white flags perched atop the Brooklyn Bridge are still a mystery today, but the NYPD is apparently, going with an “insider angle” to narrow down who’s responsible for snatching the two American flags that normally adorn the bridge and replacing them with heavy, bleached white flags in the middle of the night, according to Gothamist. 

At a press conference on Tuesday, Police Commissioner William Bratton and Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller said that while no suspects have so far been announced, it is thought that the stunt was pulled off by four or five individuals, and that the incident did not have any ties to terrorism or politics. 

Bratton and Miller had surveillance footage of the bridge that shows the lights on top of the two towers going off at 3:39am. Miller said that the suspects brough aluminum pans with them to cover the lights, and that in itself shows that they planned what they were doing; they had to know what size pans to use to cover the lights. 

As for the flags, they were heavy, thick, bleached white, 20 feet by 11 feet. The police department is pursuing the “insider angle” because of the level of “advanced preparation” that seemed to go into the incident. Miller said many people had access to the bridge, including DOT contractors and July 4th fireworks crews. 

Bizarrely, an Instagram user calling themselves Last Suspect has popped up with a profile picture of a bleached flag. They’re posting comments like “no protest. NO SECURITY” and “NYPD can’t stop shit.” However, the NYPD is not treating the Instagram user as a credible suspect. It’s possible the account is just playing up the incident as a move to get more followers.

When apprehended, the suspects will face charges of criminal trespass, malicious mischief and reckless endangerment.

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