WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) North Texas authorities are investigating eight separate instances of U.S. flags being stolen from homes and burned nearby.

Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said Tuesday that the burnings occurred over several days, from Thursday night into Sunday night.

He says the flags were hanging from flag poles or homes and taken into the driveway or street where an accelerant was used to burn them.

The incidents occurred in various neighborhoods of Weatherford, about 30 miles west of Fort Worth.

Hopkins says the perpetrator appears to be indiscriminately choosing homes from which to take a flag.

Charges that could be filed include criminal trespass and theft.