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Soldier and his family find new home ransacked

Posted January 2, 2011
Updated January 5, 2011

— Army Sgt. Jason Kenney's wife and three children are used to life's little disruptions. They learned to cope when a soldier's duty sent Kenney away on three tours of duty in Afghanistan. 

When they welcomed him home after a year overseas on Nov. 22, they were looking forward to settling into a new home in Hoke County. But Kenney and his family could never have anticipated what the New Year would bring.

"The oldest, my daughter, she knows what's going on. Last night, she asked me about the bad man and is he going to come back," Kenney said.

The Kenneys came home from several weeks in New Hampshire visiting family to find someone had kicked in the back door of the Raeford house they had yet to unpack. Their washer, dryer, television and other items were gone. 

Their gate had been swung wide open. Kenney said he thinks that's where the robber or robbers backed up a truck to load the loot.

"It's not how you want to start off the New Year," he said.

Thieves ransack soldier's new Raeford home Thieves ransack soldier's new Raeford home

Although thousands of dollars' worth of furnishings were stolen, Kenney is still just focusing on moving his family into the home and making the best of what happened.

"You can deal with stuff being stolen. You can replace stuff like that. But when your daughter's afraid and the kids and the wife, you don't want that everyday," he said.

Hoke County sheriff's investigators said they found fingerprints at the scene, but they are not releasing any information about possible suspects.

Kenney is stationed at Fort Bragg.


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  • srk0957 Jan 4, 2011

    My son has told me of the many emails he has received with people offering to help them. Thank you to all of your viewers for their kindness and support. May God Bless You all.

  • srk0957 Jan 4, 2011

    Stories like this are very disturbing especially when you hear that the children are afraid to be in their own home. My Grandchildren were so excited when Daddy returned home from Afghanistan, after waiting for a year. They couldn't wait to move to their new home in North Carolina where they were once again going to be all together as a family. When they arrived to find this it was awful, not only for my son and daughter-in-law but my little Grandchildren. I appreciate WRAL for airing this story and for the kindness that so many of your viewers have. We all know that our men and women serving in the Armed Forces make far too little income, not to mention the fact that they put their lives on the line to protect our FREEDOM each and every day. This has been a huge financial loss for the family. To steal a washer and dryer? not to mention everything else. Come on we know how much laundry a family of five go through on a daily basis. I hope that the Police will find those responsible.

  • srk0957 Jan 4, 2011

    Thank you WRAL for airing this story. I've read your viewers comments and was touched by the concern and compassion for my son and his family. Jason has been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq in the past seven years. It's been a hardship each time for his wife and three small children as you can imagine. This past deployment was exceptionally hard because his daughter had to undergo extensive surgery in June. She was casted from the waist down and spent three months in a wheel chair. The surgery was to correct problems associated with her cerebral palsy. After several months of physical therapy she was able to walk again. Part of her therapy consisted of using a Wii game to help with balance. My son had purchased the game system along with several games so that his daughter could continue her therapy at home. This was one of the many items stolen.

  • jennylynn992000 Jan 3, 2011

    My brother-in-law is the soldier in this story. Its extremely unfortunate that this has happened and I appreciate the kind thoughts from most of you. Just to set something straight...somebody made the comment that it was most likely the case that they told everyone they were going away for several weeks and that was an invitation to rob the home. That was not the case at all! He had just arrived home from overseas and started moving stuff into the home only a few days before coming to NH. His wife and children were here living at the time and they didnt know people down there so they were certainly not telling everyone they would be gone, nor was he. It was hard to say Good Bye as they headed home for North Carolina and it left an uneasier feeling with us when we heard that this is what they went home to. It helps to know that there are so many compassionate and concerned people down there that understand this awful situation.

  • MonkeyFace Jan 3, 2011

    thank you Desiderata...thats all i was trying to say :)

  • RB-1 Jan 3, 2011

    impatient girl - "So WRAL does this family need some help in the interim, donations?"

    If you go to the main story, the reporter's name should be in blue I believe. If you click that, you will get sent to a place where you can either fill out a form to ask the reporter that or it will take you to a place where the reporters email addy is so you can email them to ask that.

    The reporter should be able to help you help them, if they need help.

    God bless you.

  • RB-1 Jan 3, 2011

    That's a shame. Did the neighbors not see a truck pulled up to the house that wasn't suppose to be there for heaven's sakes?

    I pray this family has good insurance, and that he ends up with better stuff than he had.

    And I pray they get the cowards who did this to him.

  • bekindinnc Jan 3, 2011

    WRAL, please update the story to indicate where cash donations can be sent, and what items they need. My husband and I have a 4-piece living room set (ent. center, coffee table, sofa table & small chest of drawers) that we no longer need. Great condition.

  • kewlmom Jan 3, 2011

    Please provide location to donate to help this Soldier!

  • Skywatch_NC Jan 3, 2011

    When my folks, sister and I lived in NY state we had a daylight robbery as a guy broke into our house on an Election Day and Mom was eating lunch in the kitchen and she heard some noise from above like someone walking around where our bedrooms were located. She was alone in the house and happened to see the intruder coming down the stairway and she miraculously was able to make a quick exit across the street to a neighbor who was a former sheriff deputy! The guy had stolen some jewelry including a ring she had received for her wedding anniversary but thankfully she was not harmed physically! Never knew what became of the guy who broke in and robbed us though.