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Veteran's service mementos stolen from Akron storage unit

Justin Kieffer kept mementos from his service overseas in a storage complex off East Waterloo Road in Springfield Township. (Source: WOIO) Justin Kieffer kept mementos from his service overseas in a storage complex off East Waterloo Road in Springfield Township. (Source: WOIO)
The Kieffers say it’s not about the items that were stolen, it's about what can't be replaced. (Source: WOIO) The Kieffers say it’s not about the items that were stolen, it's about what can't be replaced. (Source: WOIO)
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) -

A Marine Corps veteran from Akron needs your help after thieves broke into his storage unit and stole two bags full of memorabilia from his trips overseas.
 
Justin Kieffer served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
“I was a tow gunner. I'd just shoot rockets,” he said.

Back home in Akron, he started a family with his wife, Leah.

Justin kept mementos from his time overseas in a storage complex off East Waterloo Road in Springfield Township.

“It's something that everyone who served would want to share with their kids. It helped shape me,” he explained.

Over the weekend, Springfield Township Police say suspects broke into more than a dozen storage units, cutting padlocks to get in. Surveillance video caught the suspects on camera as they stole tools, guitars, guns and antiques worth thousands of dollars.

“I felt really sick, to be honest, because I knew what was in there,” said Leah.

The Kieffers say it’s not about the items they lost, which totaled more than $2,000, it's about what can't be replaced.

“It was just stuff I got from the local population over there, maybe blankets or scarves,” Justin said.

Some uniforms, plate gear and helmets were also stored in the bags.

“It's something to be proud of. And I know he's had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that it's something to be proud of. I think, now that he has kids, he realizes 'what I did mattered' and it was a good thing,” Leah said. 

The Kieffers hope whoever took the bags returns them, even if they drop them off at a church or a fire station.

For now, they're leaning on those around them for support.
 
“I'd like to say thank you for all of the support, all of the phone calls we received, people who want to help us. Because that's been really nice to see in the midst of something that's not nice to go through,” Leah said. 

If you have any information, call Springfield Township Police at 330-784-1609.

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