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Thieves Ransack Double Amputee Army Veteran's Woodland Home, Stealing Valuables, Memories

By Kelly Ryan

WOODLAND (CBS13) — A war veteran and a double amputee was the target of thieves who broke into his Woodland home and took just about everything.

Alex Jauregui's insurance company will cover less than one-third of what was taken.

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Jauregui served two tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. He recently moved into the home built especially for him, but now thieves have taken almost everything including some things that just can't be replaced.

"They tried to kick the door in so they ended up prying it open," he said.

The Army staff sergeant says thieves came in between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, taking almost everything inside.

"Took at TV out of here," he said. "I had my computer right here and my hard drive and two laptops," he said.

All the TVs in his home, all the computers, power tools, a locked safe full of weapons and cash the thieves simply loaded up and took off with. They even took a Segway he used to get around

"There was a nonprofit that gave me a Segway when I was in D.C. which I used to use all the time," he said.

He was at Walter Reed for two years after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on his fourth tour of duty.

"I knew I wasn't on my feet and my ears were ringing and I was all disoriented," he said.

After his rehabilitation he came home where this special house was built to fit him by homes for the troops a nonprofit organization. He hadn't even been in his home that long, which turned out to be even more bad news when it comes to replacing his possessions.

He hadn't taken possession of the home, and because of that he's only covered for $17,000 of the nearly $80,000 loss.

Neighbor Spencer Defty says he can't believe the thieves would stoop this low.

"A guy like him goes and does what he does for our country and gives it all and then some people come and do this sort of thing," he said.

Alex says he says, the toughest part of the whole ordeal is not the stuff he'll miss, it's the photographs on his computer's hard drive of his buddies, his best friends in combat.

"Eleven years worth of military life I had deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and those friends have been killed that's the only stuff I got on them and now that stuff is gone," he said.

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