STOCKTON -- Burglars ripped through a roof and scaled a wall all for a PA system, speakers, microphones, a bottle of whiskey and vodka, eight cases of beer and four cases of soda.
“Well, they get thirsty,” Tino Adame, the state chairman of Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation.
Adame served with the U.S. Marines, fought in the Vietnam War and volunteers with the American Legion Karl Ross Post in Stockton, which is an organization committed to helping fellow veterans.
Their building was broken into this past Tuesday and about $5,000 worth of goods were stolen.
“We’re in a world now that ... things don’t surprise me anymore,” he said.
Adame isn't the least bit surprised, but he and other members, who consider the building their home, are very much upset.
“For somebody to come in and disrespect the home, our missions, it hurts,” he said.
To add to the pain, the burglars swiped priceless memorabilia. Donated military items from families whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, wives and husbands fought to protect our nation.
“The PA system, pots and pans, those have a price on them, those can be replaced. But the memorabilia, those we'll never be able to replace,” Adame told FOX40.
Unfortunately, this break-in isn’t an isolated event. Adame said they’ve had ongoing issues with burglars. Just last week they had someone break into a window and steal a TV and a PA system.
The burglars also caused lots of damage breaking into the building. Now, volunteers with the American Legion are planning to beef up security.
"This ... this is our home. This is where our veterans, our auxiliary members, our sons of the American Legion, we meet,” he said.
So that their mission to support veterans and their families can and will continue.
“There’s an old saying, ‘overcome and adapt.’ We will. We’ll move on,” Adame said.
Adame added break-ins have happened regularly over the years. One year a burglar stole their popcorn machine.
Volunteers are also planning to host a fundraising dinner to recoup their losses. A police report has been filed. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Stockton Police Department.