Uniforms Stolen From Local U.S. Navy Sailor Home on Leave

Uniforms Stolen From Local U.S. Navy Sailor Home on Leave

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland sailor home on leave has found himself the victim of theft.

Some of the sailor's uniforms were stolen out of storage sometime in the last week.

Although the stuff is replaceable, there's now the possibility of someone trying to pose as military personnel.

U.S. Navy Corpsman Jared Rittenhouse is happy to be back in Midland.

"I'm very excited to be here," he said. "It was well needed."

The sailor, who's stationed in Cuba, is home on leave to see his younger brother graduate, but he got some unsettling news not long after he got into town.

A thief broke into the family storage unit and stole a container that had several sets of Jared's uniforms.

"I think it was about eight," Jared said.

"As I went through the unit, that's really the only thing they took," Felicia Pierce, Jared's mother, said.

The uniforms were mainly camouflage fatigues along with some boots. A military travel bag is also missing.

Felicia said the family is in the process of moving so they're not exactly sure when the stuff was taken.

"I think it angered me more than it did him," she said. "You just have to wonder what kind of person would do that kind of thing."

Jared said replacing the uniforms will have to come out of his paycheck and it won't be cheap.

"They get pretty expensive," he said. "I would say around $300 for one set."

Even though the items are in the wrong hands somewhere, the family hopes they won't be misused.

"I don't know what they would want with them, why they would need them," Felicia said. "They do have his name on them which is Rittenhouse."

Despite what happened, Jared said he won't let it get in the way of his trip home.

"It affects me a little bit but I can move on definitely," he said.

The family said us there's a chance insurance could cover the cost of the stolen uniforms.