A local soldier’s homecoming is ruined by thieves who broke into his moving truck on Veteran’s Day, of all days!
Blaine Zimmerman just got out of the Army, and was in the process of moving back home to Indiana.
Sometime Monday night, someone broke into the warehouse where all their belongings were still on the truck, and now many of their valuables are either stolen or ruined.
“They said it looked like a bomb went off inside,” said Zimmerman. “They went through and dumped everything out on the ground. It was raining that night which is why everything’s so muddy.”
Zimmerman and his family just came back home from New York this week, moving to their new house in Noblesville, but Tuesday morning, they got a phone call they certainly weren’t expecting.
“He called me and said, ‘Hey I’ve got some bad news,’” said Zimmerman’s wife Ginny. “He said the warehouse our truck was in was broken into.”
It happened on the east side, at Guardian Relocation on Franklin Road.
“From what they told us, they just opened up the truck, ripped everything out and took what they wanted,” said Zimmerman. “Our TV is gone, our surround sound thing is gone… old army records, some old awards.”
An Army veteran, Zimmerman served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Whoever did it, they may not have even known or realized it was Veteran’s Day,” said Zimmerman. “Obviously they have their own problems of their own. I highly doubt, even if they did know, that they cared.”
“It’s just so disheartening,” Ginny said. “And then the fact that a lot of this stuff (has) memories attached to it.”
“When it comes down to it, it’s just stuff,” said Blaine. “It stinks because it’s my stuff.”
“It feels like one more notch we have to overcome,” said Ginny. “Deployments are one thing to have to overcome and then transitioning and then we have to deal with this.”
Police are still investigating the break-in. If you have any information that could help, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.