KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. -- Calvin Neis’ family says he deserves better.
The 95-year-old World War II veteran had his Kitsap County home hit twice by burglars this summer. They stole his military footlocker containing war mementos and paperwork.
But the family is most concerned about the missing boxes holding his Army medals. Three Bronze Stars awarded to Neis are missing.
“Those were part of his legacy,” said Neis’ son-in-law Russ Telling.
Since suffering a stroke last year, Neis has been living at a veteran’s hospital. His wife, Kay Neis, said she tried to tell him about the thefts.
“He doesn’t realize what’s going on,” she said.
But his wife knows her husband was proud of his medals and wanted his grandchildren to eventually have them.
A spokesperson for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said detectives arrested three suspects believed to be responsible for the thefts and a number of other similar crimes in Neis’ neighborhood.
Police said the men were in possession of some stolen items, but none of Neis’ artifacts have been found.
The family just wants the medals back.
“If they just mysteriously showed up, that’d be fine,” said Telling.