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Thief takes quilt to be raffled off for veterans

Posted August 28, 2008

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— A thief made off with a quilt for which the Sampson County Veterans Service Council had sold hundreds of raffle tickets to raise money to help veterans in need.

A young man told a worker that he was waiting for a ride from the veterans' office, off Rowan Road, around noon Thursday, said Ann Knowles, a service officer for the council. While the worker answered the phone, the man slipped into another room and stole a laptop computer, television and DVD/VCR combination player.

However, the greatest loss, Knowles said, said was a hand-sewn quilt, made in honor of all veterans and donated to the council.

A local woman, Brenda Thompson, had spent three months and $400 to make the quilt, Knowles said. It featured the Blue Star of Veterans and two eagles.

The council planned to raffle the quilt off on Veterans' Day and put the funds towards its programs for needy veterans. The council had already sold 700 tickets, but will have to refund them, Knowles said.

The Sampson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft. They have described the suspect as a tall, slender, black man driving a small black vehicle.

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  • eri815 Sep 3, 2008

    To see a picture of the quilt: http://clintonnc.com/articles/2008/08/27/news/doc48b5548c2f6ef996672996.txt

  • whocares Aug 28, 2008

    Whom ever this person is, I hope that the quilt will bring them such bad luck that he will bring back the quilt unharmed. People, and I use the term loosly, like this need to be put away from society as obviously they cannot conduct themselves in a manner befitting their species.

  • pitbull0373 Aug 28, 2008

    The best thing to happen to him would be for some veterans to catch him before the law does. I wished I knew where to find him!

  • f6rider Aug 28, 2008

    Very sorry thing to do, maybe they will have a change of heart and return the goods.

  • ifcdirector Aug 28, 2008

    How about a description WRAL?

  • dlawhorn Aug 28, 2008

    flat out common..errrrrrr...people now days, better watch out, he will be back for the ticket money......Sure hope they catch him.

  • Tax Man Aug 28, 2008

    He probably came to the Vets office after stealing from the church. What an evil person. When they catch him he needs to be sent to IRAQ for a tour of duty! I would be willing to escort him there and leave him in an appropriate place. Looking forward to the return of this quilt. If this guy has any conscience he will be a man and turn himself in with the stolen property!

  • enoughsenough Aug 28, 2008

    How much lower are people willing to go.

  • garnertoy Aug 28, 2008

    that is so wrong it goes to show he care for no one ihope hes caught soon and the book is thrown at him

  • bluebird1075 Aug 28, 2008

    If you would steal from a veteran, you would steal from anybody. I sure hope they find the thief and I pray the quilt is ok.

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