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Wounded Special Forces soldier victimized in arson, theft case

Posted June 18, 2013 7:09 p.m. EDT
Updated June 18, 2013 7:13 p.m. EDT

— Robeson County authorities are trying to find two men responsible for stealing a wounded Special Forces soldier's Harley-Davidsons and then setting fire to a camper that belongs to him.

Lt. Brian Duckworth, an arson investigator with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday that the crimes happened in the early hours of June 6 when Chris Corbin stopped by the trailer at his parents' home and surprised the two men, who set fire to it before fleeing the scene.

"He confronts two males. They turn and run," Duckworth said. "He chases them for a short way, but he can only run so fast and so far with the prosthetics."

Corbin lost both legs in an explosion while deployed overseas. His story was featured on "60 Minutes."

"He could be sitting home drawing a check, but instead, he went back to work serving his country, and this is what he gets," Duckworth said.

Duckworth said the key to solving the crime is the motorcycles and that he is confident, with the public's help, that he will make arrests. Anyone with any information should call the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at 910-671-3100.

"We've got a pretty good record of punishing arsonists, and I hope we can get them in front of a judge to explain why," he said.