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KCSO | Military artifacts stolen in residential burglary
Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a military style footlocker containing military artifacts, awards, memorabilia and components that belong to a U. S. Army World War II veteran who is hospitalized, according to Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman.
Wilson said he veteran’s residence was recently burglarized in a series of residential property crimes that occurred last week in the Mission Lake and Panther Lake areas of South Kitsap.
While many stolen items recovered by detectives have now been returned to owners, this veteran’s property has not been found, he said.
The footlocker is described as 2-foot wide by 2-foot hight by 3-foot long and is blue and green.
According to Wilson, the chest contains the veteran’s service and campaign awards together with his Bronze Star medal for gallantry in action in the Pacific Theater during the war, along with additional artifacts and memorabilia related to the veteran’s military service.
Three suspects remain in custody in jail, charged earlier this week in Kitsap County District Court with property crimes that include unlawful possession of a firearm and possessing stolen property — related to the series of burglaries and thefts that occurred in late July and earlier this month.
Wilson said detectives believe that the chest is in the west Kitsap County or north Mason County areas.
Persons with information about the stolen veteran’s chest containing the military artifacts and awards, please contact Detective Chad Birkenfeld at 360-337-5619 or by email at CBirkenf@co.kitsap.wa.us.