ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Albuquerque police are asking the public to keep an eye out for military medals stolen from an 89-year-old World War II veteran.
The framed service medals were among items taken from Roy Hopper’s home during a break-in last month. At the time, Hopper was in the hospital after falling and breaking his hip.
Hopper’s name is inscribed on the back of the medals. Police say they could turn up on Craigslist or at pawn shops.
“He is totally devastated. His morale is very low,” said Lewis Wasson, one of Hopper’s friends.
Hopper has been honored by former first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. But his friends say his most treasured honor came in 1991 when he was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic efforts during World War II.
Hopper participated in the Normandy Invasion before being captured by the Germans. He spent nine months in a camp for prisoners of war.
Investigators searched Hopper’s home for evidence but didn’t find any fingerprints, police officer Simon Drobik said. Investigators believe the suspect was wearing gloves.
Guns and cash were also missing from Hopper’s home.
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