WEST LONG BRANCH — The borough man who was threatened with jail because he flew a Donald Trump flag in his yard in violation of local election laws is the victim of a theft off his front porch.

West Long Branch police posted pictures of a woman removing the flag from the front porch of Joseph Hornick's home. Police did not disclose when the theft took place.

The New Jersey chapter of the ACLU came to Hortnick's aid when the borough ticketed him in March for violating a borough ordinance that prohibited the display of campaign signs more than 30 days before an election. Municipal officials said they consider the flag a campaign sign.

Hornick's lawyer, Eric Sherman, argued the ordinance was vague regarding flags. Judge Louis Garippo Jr. agreed, calling the law "somewhat vague." He said he was dismissing the case "in the interest of justice."

Authorities say anyone who can identify the woman seen removing the banner call West Long Branch police at 732-229-5000 ext 251.

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