Instagram used to bust teenage flag thieves in Rio Grande City

Teenage thieves caught stealing an American flag // Photo via Instagram

Authorities are crediting a photo posted to the social media network Instagram in catching teens accused of stealing an American flag.

Rio Grande City police arrested two juveniles ages 15 and 16 with theft.

The two are accused of stealing an American flag from Basilio Villareal Municipal Park on Tuesday evening.

An Instagram photo of the two juveniles taking the flag went viral within the community.

The social media network is a photo sharing cell phone tool.

Police said the photo helped officers identify the two suspects.

Officers found them at the same park around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators picked them up, retrieved the flag at one of their houses.

A motive isn TMt clear but police said the teenage suspect had the flag hanging on his wall.