Home of army veteran and quadruple amputee robbed
MANCHESTER (WGME) -- In the past few months, we covered some shocking crimes; from thieves stealing purses and wedding rings from elderly women and even stealing medicine from a blind man in a wheelchair. The latest crime to turn your stomach took place in Manchester, Maine, at the future home of wounded American soldier Travis Mills and his family.
That's where thieves broke in and stole thousands of dollars worth of tools from the contractors building the state of the art home. Retired Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is the victim of an IED explosion that took place two years ago while serving in Afghanistan. He is and a quadruple amputee. And he told us he's not happy that people broke in and stole tools from the men building this home.
Mills says "I just feel like they were looking for an easy score. They went up there and took advantage of the good people doing the work up there on my house. They just figure why make my own American dream when I can just steal it." State Police say 26 year old Tiffany Fitzpatrick confessed to being the lookout in this overnight robbery.
Police say the Mills home was one of three homes under construction hit by the thieves. Police did recover a generator, a circular saw, and other items from local pawn shops. But workers wonder if they will ever get back all their tools. Subcontractor Rick Palmer says "You got to be pretty low to do something like that. I just can't believe somebody would do something like that."
And Dan Vashon, another subcontractor, says "These guys here, we're just trying to earn a living. And they come in and take tools which are very expensive. And then to replace that is not cheap." Travis Mills told us he hopes a judge makes the thieves pay for everything they stole. he says "The American dream is still out there. You just got to go and be willing to work for it."
It's not known at this time whether the thieves knew this was the home of a wounded warrior. But Travis Mills says he plans on showing up in court to make sure they do know just that. The Kennebec County Sheriff's Office is investigating the thefts and looking for other suspects. If you have information about these crimes, the sheriff's office would like to hear from you.