COUNCIL BLUFFS (KPTM)- A thief is on the loose with some expensive military gear. Anthony Davis, an Army National Guard Specialist in Iowa, was robbed over the weekend and has searched high and low to get his belongings back. If those items aren't found, he could be paying the military big bucks to replace them.
"My mother had said about nine o'clock, she noticed that stuff was scattered all around my car and that it had gotten broken in to," said Davis.
All of his military uniforms and army belongings were stolen right out of his car. A few of the items include army issued flashlights, canteens, patches from his unit, camel backs, about 15 uniforms, multi-cam uniforms, Army combat uniforms, all of his tan undershirts and green socks, plus pair of boots. The list goes on. He says showing up to his unit out of uniform is embarrassing, to say the least.
"Having to secure them at all times, having accountability over everything is really big in the military. And once you go past that line…they look down on that. It does make me look kind of bad to my unit," said Davis.
If Davis' belongings aren't returned, he would have to pay the military up to $3,000 to replace them. And not only that, he'll have to travel back and forth from Des Moines to deal with all of the paperwork of the stolen items. On top of all that, he wouldn't be able to get new uniforms until about two months from now. Imagine the headache this is causing him.
"Time out of my day that I really wish I didn't have to do because someone had to break into my car and steal stuff that's probably more valuable to me than anybody else," said Davis.
He's thought of just about every place he could think of for his gear.
"I've been on the Internet, constantly. Getting on eBay, Craigslist for the local sites. I've called all the news stations. I've been looking at blogs, like local blogs that people use a lot," he said.
All that research hasn't brought him much luck. But even in the situation, he still has a forgiving heart.
"I may not even press charges if I figure out who did it and I probably wouldn't. I just want my stuff back more than anything. Because it will alleviate a headache that will last for two or three months," said Davis.
There is a cash reward for any of the items that are returned. Contact Davis at 712-310-0427 with any information you may have.
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