Thieves steal local vet’s backpack, bronze star

Car prowlers stole this Army Combat Uniform pattern backpack from the trunk of a car belonging to a local veteran in West Linn, May 15, 2014. (West Linn Police Department)
Car prowlers stole this Army Combat Uniform pattern backpack from the trunk of a car belonging to a local veteran in West Linn, May 15, 2014. (West Linn Police Department)

WEST LINN, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Car prowlers who struck near Tanner Creek Park in West Linn between Wednesday night and Thursday morning stole a local veteran’s bronze star among other items.

Car prowlers stole this Army Combat Uniform pattern backpack from the trunk of a car belonging to a local veteran in West Linn, May 15, 2014. (West Linn Police Department)
Car prowlers stole this Army Combat Uniform pattern backpack from the trunk of a car belonging to a local veteran in West Linn, May 15, 2014. (West Linn Police Department)

Police said the thieves stole a backpack in the Army Combat Uniform pattern with a patch that reads, “229 Training Brigade,” from the trunk of a car. The backpack contained a binder with photos, official documents, service awards, a letter from the President and a bronze star that was awarded to the victim on his last combat tour in Afghanistan.

The West Linn Police Department is asking everyone in the area of Tanner Creek Park to check their yards and trash cans to see if the thieves discarded the backpack.

Authorities said several car prowls in the last two weeks have occurred in the area where items were discarded by suspects and subsequently returned to victims.

Anyone who finds anything or has information about the theft is asked to contact the West Linn Police Department at 503.635.0238.

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