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Thanksgiving thieves target Spokane Valley veterans

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Thursday was a rough Thanksgiving for veterans at the VFW post in Spokane Valley after they had an unexpected guest. Whoever came in, ransacked the place and it was all caught on camera.

The criminal busted through one of the doors, leaving behind visible damage. The suspect stole an ATM and bottles of booze. "I don't know what they were thinking and why they would mess with a bunch of veterans with PTSD and guns," said Darren Hughes from VFW Post 1435 in Spokane Valley.

The surveillance video shows a U-Haul that pulls up in the parking lot around 4:20 in the morning. The suspect breaks into the side door and went straight to the ATM machine, gives up a little bit, takes a break by going and stealing a bottle of booze, then they come back to the ATM machine with a dolly and took off with their U-Haul. "Unfortunately, our alarm was down because we were doing work in the back of the kitchen area, and we had popped a wire so, it's almost like he knew but don't know," said Hughes.

Hughes says the crook later came back to the scene with a duffle bag and loaded up with more booze. "Looks like somehow, he scoped out this place sometime or another," he said.

Whoever did this, left behind visible damage and a surprise; a box spring that apparently couldn't fit in the U-Haul anymore.

Everyone is left wondering why and wondering who this could possibly be.

Hughes says they've reported this to police. He says if you know who did this, you need to speak up because this criminal could strike again somewhere else.

Call Crime Check if you know anything: 509-456-2233. 

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