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World War II veteran robbed of more than wallet

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A World War II Veteran says a woman robbed him after he did something nice for her. The Clark County man says the woman knocked on his door and asked to use his bathroom, but after inviting her in she left with his wallet and ID.

Because of that he had to miss a flight for a trip that meant a lot to him. It was an honor flight to Washington D.C. with other veterans.

"I so hate that it happened," said Jay Warden.

Warden, 87, said the woman, who he knows and who he's helped before, started pounding on his Winchester door around nine Wednesday night.

"And she was crying that she had to into an altercation with her sister," said Warden.

So, he let her in to use the bathroom. Ten minutes later, she was gone.

"I just had a premonition about my pocket book. I jumped up and ran into the bathroom, of course it was gone," he said.

Warden attempted to find the woman, but had no luck. Next he called police, and the folks who helped plan his trip to D.C. Unfortunately, because Warden no longer had identification or the paperwork needed for the flight, he had to stay behind.

"I was really looking forward to that trip," he said. "It was all World War II Veterans and we were going to tour the Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and World War II Monument."

Instead he's home on his porch in Winchester, wondering how a woman he knows so well, could sink this low.

"I firmly believe she came up here last night just to rob me, plain and simple, and that's what hurts most," Warden said.

A Marine Corporal in World War II is now fighting a different war, cancer. He's hopeful this woman will come forward and turn herself in.

Warden hopes to be on the next honor flight scheduled later this month.


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