William Banks / Photo, Westport Police Department 

WESTPORT — A New York man stole yard signs emblazoned with the Israeli flag that were posted in local neighborhoods after the Hamas terror attacks — in one case, swiping a sign while an officer was on scene investigating an earlier complaint, police said.

William Banks, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged Feb. 27 with sixth-degree larceny in connection with the case.

A complaint was filed with police last Dec. 30 that an Israeli flag lawn sign was stolen from the front yard of a Colony Road home, according to the report.

While a police detective was at the home discussing the incident with the complainant, a white vehicle drove down the street, stopped in front of another house, a man emerged and stole another Israeli flag sign, fleeing before he could be apprehended, police said.

Investigators later learned that a total of five Israeli flag signs had been stolen during the same time period.

Based on details witnessed during the sign-theft incident and by sharing information with other law-enforcement agencies, police said William Banks was identified as the suspected thief.

A warrant for Banks’s arrest was issued and he turned himself in Feb. 27 at Police Department headquarters. He was released after posting $500 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned March 19 at state Superior Court in Stamford.