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Coeur d'Alene business owner heated after flag burned

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All that's left of Todd Brewer's flag. All that's left of Todd Brewer's flag.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

A Coeur d’Alene business owner is angry.

Todd Brewer runs Cheating Death Discount Vapor. He has hung a flag outside his store proudly, but Saturday morning, somebody burned it and what remains is a charred pole.

“Who would burn Old Glory?” he says.

Now, he wants to see punishment.

“Throw the book at him," he says.

This happened early Saturday morning shortly before 3 a.m. Brewer says he was working in his store when a police officer walked in and told him that the flag was on fire. That’s when he went to look at surveillance video. In the video, you can see the man walk up, and wait to start lighting the flag on fire. After, he walks away and the flames grow.

“It’s not only a slap in my face,” Brewer says. “It's a slap in everybody's face. It's just wrong on every level.”

He loves his country.

“I personally wasn't in the service but I certainly have a lot of respect for those who were and are now,” he says.

He has a message for others out there.

“I certainly am patriotic and I believe most of us are. This is our country and we need to take care of it and don't burn our damn flag.”

Todd says there is a bit of positive out of all of this. He says someone has offered to give him a new flag and it'll be hanging proudly outside of his store once again.

Coeur d’Alene police are still investigating the incident. 

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