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Soldier victim of Christmas Eve thieves

Posted December 26, 2011

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— Staff Sgt. Steven Martinez, the veteran of three deployments, got a rude surprise on Christmas Eve when he returned from a family holiday celebration.

A police officer greeted him. His door jam was scuffed and a window screen ripped. Burglars had broken into the 25-year-old's apartment at Cumberland Towers while he ate dinner and opened presents with family in another unit.

"When I got in, (my) TV was missing, my laptop was gone," Martinez said. His Nintendo Wii, a television from the bedroom and his pistol were also missing.

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The electronics that so tempted the thieves were a gift from Martinez to himself a little over a year ago, after his first tour overseas.

"Most of this stuff I got when I got back from Afghanistan," he said. "I was gone for a year. I wanted to give myself a present."

The burglars hit his neighbor, too.

"I didn't think this would ever happen to me, but things can actually happen to you," Martinez said.

Martinez, a member of the 82nd Airborne, just got home from Afghanistan two weeks ago. With a fourth deployment set to begin in February, he was trying to keep his loss in perspective. He still got what he really wanted for Christmas.

"I got to spend it with my family and friends," he said.

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  • fayncmike Dec 28, 2011

    "When has it become 'simple' house robberies? And to equate it to littering? gunny462"

    Yes it's a simple B&E. nothing more. Only a savage would kill someone for committing a burglary.

  • gunny462 Dec 27, 2011

    "Jst shoot the PERP. By this time mob mentallity is strong. Just point him out. UCMJ will take over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mikeyj"

    "So you'd kill someone over a simple house robbery? Maybe next you'd want to kill litterbugs? fayncmike"

    When has it become 'simple' house robberies? And to equate it to littering? btw what would have happened if he was home? Don't they call those home invasion robberies now? Didn't they also take a GUN from his house? Yup simple robbery to me too.. NOT. And yes, I guess I'm one of the few that would plug someone if they came into MY HOUSE and tried to rob me or my wife. Regretfuly, it would be the last thing they did. My house, my property, my life, my wife's OR theirs, simple, BANG, that problems solved.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 27, 2011

    Lucky for him he wasn't home at the time, it could have been a different outcome.
    acetrainer
    December 26, 2011 4:19 p.m....Not so sure, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be too upset with shooting someone.

  • fayncmike Dec 27, 2011

    "Jst shoot the PERP. By this time mob mentallity is strong. Just point him out. UCMJ will take over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    mikeyj"

    So you'd kill someone over a simple house robbery? Maybe next you'd want to kill litterbugs?

  • Nancy Dec 27, 2011

    "Some people will put thier lives on the line for America, & some people just try to destroy Her." - hlpulley

    And yes, the difference between the two is just that stark, there are takers and there are givers. Sad isn't it?

  • hlpulley Dec 26, 2011

    Some people will put thier lives on the line for America, & some people just try to destroy Her.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 26, 2011

    Wouldn't be the last trouble a soldier has.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 26, 2011

    Think a few people thought I was crazy when I said about the soldier in Caki getting killed breaking up a fight that it wouldn't be the last...hmmm,where are you now?

    Just remember if you are a soldier or not that

    The hardest battle you'll ever fight.
    The mightiest army you'll ever be apart of.
    The greatest victory you'll ever achieve.
    Is the battle you fight with yourself everyday.
    So stand tall and use the strength you have inside and never let anyone or anything stand in your way of achieving your dreams and desires.

  • mikeyj Dec 26, 2011

    Jst shoot the PERP. By this time mob mentallity is strong. Just point him out. UCMJ will take over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Walkin Man Dec 26, 2011

    That's a healthy attitude, you can always replace "stuff". Lucky for him he wasn't home at the time, it could have been a different outcome.