Police Recover Military Medals Stolen from Iraq Vet Last Year

Police have found military medals stolen from an Iraq war veteran during a break-in in Stafford more than a year ago and returned them to their rightful owner.

Officers have been investigating the break-in at the veteran’s Bradway Pond Road home since someone stole cash, government IDs and military medals in March 2014.

After the burglary, investigators conducted interviews, reviewed the evidence and followed leads, but could not find the stolen items.

On November 4, of this year, someone who was walking through the woods noticed some items that looked suspicious and contacted police.

Stafford Police Sergeant James Kodzis, who recently retired from the Connecticut State Police, then went out to the area in the woods with a metal detector to try and locate more items and found 33 more, including the victim’s U.S. Army military medals and award ribbons.

Police are still investigating the case.

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