SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 2, 2013

Police: Kids find stolen Purple Heart

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — MARBLEHEAD — Police say some children who were playing on Gerald Road this weekend discovered a number of items stolen during a nearby car break-in — including a man’s Purple Heart.

A man called police at 11:44 a.m. Saturday to report that his kids had found two briefcases while they were playing outside, according to the incident log. One of the briefcases contained a Purple Heart, the military decoration awarded by the president to armed services members who were killed or wounded.

Police determined that the Purple Heart had been stolen during a car burglary on Sandie Lane earlier in the week. An officer went to the owner’s address to the return the items.

“Wife identified items as her husband’s,” police wrote. “When he gets home, he will file a report.”

Police declined to provide additional information.