‘It represents our family’: Military widow’s statue returned three years after it was stolen

A military widow and her family were given a reason besides the Fourth of July to celebrate over the weekend.Three years ago, thieves had stolen a statue of a concrete soldier the Squire family bought to honor their loved ones who served and died in war. They thought it was gone for good. “I want to find this so bad. Even if they just show up, put it back where it was, I’ll be happy with that,” said Melissa Squire in 2019 during an interview with sister station KETV. Three years passed. Then, in late June 2022, a man spotted something unusual outside his home. He saw a group of people rummaging around a local middle school’s construction site at 2:15 in the morning. He called 911 and police arrested three people for theft.The three also abandoned their U-Haul pickup and the person who called the police decided to look inside.”It was laying down in the dirt,” the man, who asked to remain anonymous, said.The man had found a statue of a soldier among other items. His friend posted on Facebook and immediately people recognized it and the statue was returned to its rightful owners.”I’m happy. Very happy. Yeah, teared up,” said Melissa and Darlene Squire.

A military widow and her family were given a reason besides the Fourth of July to celebrate over the weekend.

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Three years ago, thieves had stolen a statue of a concrete soldier the Squire family bought to honor their loved ones who served and died in war.

They thought it was gone for good.

“I want to find this so bad. Even if they just show up, put it back where it was, I’ll be happy with that,” said Melissa Squire in 2019 during an interview with sister station KETV.

Three years passed. Then, in late June 2022, a man spotted something unusual outside his home.

He saw a group of people rummaging around a local middle school’s construction site at 2:15 in the morning. He called 911 and police arrested three people for theft.

The three also abandoned their U-Haul pickup and the person who called the police decided to look inside.

“It was laying down in the dirt,” the man, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

The man had found a statue of a soldier among other items. His friend posted on Facebook and immediately people recognized it and the statue was returned to its rightful owners.

“I’m happy. Very happy. Yeah, teared up,” said Melissa and Darlene Squire.

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