Framed military uniform, Purple Heart stolen
KALISPELL, Mont. - There are some things in life that you can't put a price on. Greg Smith's brother's Marines Vietnam uniform was stolen from his Kalispell frame shop.
"For me, I just want to get some of this stuff back," said Smith.
He created the framed shadowbox in his brother's memory for his funeral when he passed away 8 years ago.
The uniform was hung up in the store until the day when the incident occurred.
Smith says he went into the back room to help a customer and fix a frame on a photo they brought with them. When he later returned to the room, he realized that the uniform was missing.
But Greg Smith didn't have security cameras in his shop. That meant no suspect.
Then, a lucky twist, where authorities say security cameras at a pawn shop caught Sean David Smith, no relation to the victim, as he tried to pawn some medals at an Evergreen pawn shop.
That was enough to get a warrant for his arrest.
"I'm just happy it's out there and I might have a chance of getting anything back at all," said Greg Smith.
Sean Smith is no stranger to trouble. We checked court records and found ongoing cases for distribution of heroin and theft.
While the warrant is only able to charge Sean David Smith with a misdemeanor theft charge, Sergeant Brett Corbett of the Kalispell Police Department says everyone has been pitching in to help get Greg Smith's items returned.
"Even when the other officers learned about this particular case they've been going above and beyond and doing what they can to help and putting together information that might help us find the suspect or the stolen property," said Corbett.
The uniform may be gone, but Smith says his brother's spirit is something that can't be stolen.
"I'll make a new one, you know," said Smith.
If convicted of the misdemeanor, Sean Smith would face no less than 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,500.
If you think you have information on the suspect or the missing items, you can contact the Flathead County Crime Stoppers at 406-752-8477.