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Thief Plucks American Flag From Boston Market Chicken Mascot

Eric Didio, in chicken suit at left, and Manager Nathan Atwood. (credit: Jesse Leavenworth / The Hartford Courant).

Eric Didio, in chicken suit at left, and Manager Nathan Atwood. (credit: Jesse Leavenworth / The Hartford Courant).

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) - This is one crime that will make you cry fowl.

Police in Manchester are searching for the thief who plucked an American flag from a man in a chicken suit and then fled the coop.

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Eric Didio was waving the flag and dancing outside a newly renovated Boston Market restaurant Wednesday as part of his job, when a man jumped from a car, grabbed the flag and took off.

A customer who witnessed the theft called police.

The dispatcher had a hard time relaying the call to officers, breaking into laughter while trying to say “chicken suit,” according to reports.

Nathan Atwood, the restaurant’s general manager, says he stood beside the 23-year-old Didio for the rest of his shift to provide security.

No arrests have been made. Didio was given a replacement American Flag, as seen in the above photo.

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