Thieves targeting veterans in the Tampa Bay area

New Video: Thieves may be armed and dangerous
Posted at 6:44 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 18:44:42-05

Ron Fournier is an Army veteran who brought home three Purple Hearts. He said his time as a paratrooper in Vietnam was hell.

“War is war. If anybody knows it, it's a soldier that fights it,” he said.

He’s been coming to the VFW Post in Holiday for years. He Spends time with fellow vets and said it’s the best medicine he can ask for.

“Better than any anti-depressant. I’ve ever taken from the VA,” he said.

But now deputies are looking for someone who stole from this place and at least nine other veteran clubs, all over Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and possibly Pinellas Counties.

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The thieves have taken cash and in some cases entire safes.

“All our work is non-profit. Help veterans, community. None of us get paid for anything. It’s kind of a low blow,” said VFW District Commander Stanley Budke.

The thieves have been caught on surveillance camera before, but now investigators said they have a much better look at one of them.

One suspect is seen walking into a Circle K and buying soda. But detectives said there are at least three thieves and they have reason to believe they are armed and dangerous.

“They are lowlifes. They don’t care. They probably never served the country,” said Fournier.

Pasco deputies almost caught them during a recent break-in, but had to call off a high speed pursuit.

They hope someone will recognize the man in the Circle K and arrest everyone responsible from stealing from those who served our country.