Marine's items stolen during stop at Gateway Arch

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 8:58 a.m. CDT; updated 9:11 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 23, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A Marine is seeking the return of medals and other sentimental items he said were stolen from a relative's vehicle while they stopped at St. Louis' Gateway Arch on his way back to his base.

Sgt. Ethan Stoeckel of Greenwood, Del., told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he and his wife were visiting her relatives in Mattoon, Ill., and being driven to the St. Louis' airport before catching their flight to Hawaii.

During their brief stop at the Arch, Stoeckel said someone burglarized his sister-in-law's truck and took the couple's luggage.

The stolen items included two computers, photographic gear and one of Stoeckel's uniforms. They also included his medals and a specially-made patch depicting Stoeckel with his best friend, a Texas Marine killed in action in January.


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