January 2, 2005 in Idaho

Marine officer’s effects stolen from car

Associated Press

BOISE – A Marine Corps officer traveling through Idaho with his wife and young daughter will have only the shirt on his back when he reports for duty in Virginia this month.

That’s because someone stole the car-top luggage bin off 2nd Lt. Jake Sandmeyer’s car early Wednesday as the vehicle was parked in front of his parents’ home.

Sandmeyer was keeping most of his belongings in the rooftop container and is missing items he needs when he reports to duty Jan. 9 at Quantico, Va.

“Fortunately, my service uniform was in the car and that didn’t get taken,” Sandmeyer said. “So I will be able to report in the proper uniform, thankfully.”

Sandmeyer was commissioned as an officer last month and is moving from California to Virginia with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter.

The family arrived in Boise on Tuesday to visit his parents. On Wednesday, he went outside and noticed the carrier was missing from the top of his car.

The carrier contained Sandmeyer’s clothes, including all his military uniforms, camouflage utilities, and boots.

“Everything I wear for my job,” he said.

It also contained toys his daughter received for Christmas and shoes that once belonged to his wife’s grandmother.

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