KUSA- A Lakewood airman who was just hours away from his first deployment had numerous uniforms and other items stolen from his car.
Kyle Killion and his family drove to Colorado Springs on Wednesday afternoon and checked into the Holiday Inn on Aeroplaza Drive. He was scheduled to leave early Thursday morning.
Kyle's mom, Lori, says they loaded some of his belongings into his car around midnight Wednesday and went to bed.
"We just wanted to pack some of it in the car early so we wouldn't have so much to carry down in the morning or at the crack of dawn," she said.
Just a few hours later, around 3 a.m. Thursday, they went back to the car to finish packing and drive Kyle to the airport. They realized someone had smashed the back window of his car.
"Just his reaction when [Kyle] realized, he said, 'you've got to be kidding me!' And he just dropped everything. He dropped his carry on. He just dropped everything and was just shocked that the window of his car was busted and everything was gone," his mother said.
Someone had stolen his military bag with his uniforms, boots and other items inside. Numerous Warhammer figurines were also missing. Family members say they're worth an estimated $1,600.
"The Warhammer stuff, it really meant a lot to Kyle. He spent a lot of time painting those, putting the models together, playing with them sometimes, trading them," Kyle's mother said. "He collected a lot of them."
Kyle and his family filed a report with police over the phone. The military was working to get him replacement uniforms before he left the country. He was scheduled to head overseas from Virginia on Friday.
"You just feel violated, totally feel violated and you feel unappreciated," Kyle's mom said. "He's serving our country and somebody does this? It's hard to explain. It's not the kind of sendoff we wanted to give him."
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