Hand-made memorial, public address system stolen

The Maricopa VFW Post on the 600 block of Hazelton was broken into earlier this week and several items, including a hand-made memorial to fallen soldiers and a new public address system, were stolen.

The burglary is under investigation by the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

The PA system is valued at $1200 and the memorial had strong sentimental value for the post.

Commander John Crump said VFW members made the memorial and it consisted of a pair of boots with the rifle upside down and a helmet. It was on a wooden box made by a member and included a wooden replica rifle.

"It represented the soldier who paid the price in war. We made it to use on a parade float a couple of years ago, but kept it. It had more sentimental value than cash, but they took it," Crump said.

The stolen PA consisted of channel boards, two speakers, and two 50-foot speaker cords.

It was valued at $1,000 to $1,200, Crump said.
"We are just a small post and cannot afford these kind of setbacks," Crump said.

The break-in is believed to have occurred sometime between 10:30 a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Tuesday.