OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma veteran, along with his wife and children, return to their truck in a restaurant parking lot over the weekend only to find their window shattered and their personal belongings gone.
This is supposed to be the weekend when our nation honors all its veterans.
What does Veterans Day mean to Oscar Jacobs?
“Everything,” Jacobs said. “It’s what I did from the time I was 18 until 2007.”
Jacobs served 23 years in the Air Force as a medic.
He reserved this Veterans Day weekend to have family photos taken in Oklahoma City.
But while his family was eating at a Northwest Expressway restaurant, his truck was being burglarized.
The passenger window was smashed, glass was everywhere inside.
The thief caused all that damage just to steal his wife’s iPhone and makeup case.
“Stuff that can be replaced but on this weekend, to feel violated like that, it was pretty bad,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs’ 7-year old daughter was traumatized and now worries about future crimes.
“I was really sad because I didn’t know it was going to happen and I didn’t like it because my mom wasn’t happy,” Jaleigh Jacobs said.
Oscar’s wife, Nikki, was in disbelief.
“I just don’t understand and never have understood how you can just be so disrespectful when they (veterans) do everything for us,” she said.
But what the thief couldn’t do was ruin Veterans Day.
“It’s bigger than a broken window and a phone,” Jacobs said. “It’s just a way of life and, you know, that weekend is just special.”
He hopes filing a police report will help catch the crook.
Jacobs continues serving his country, now working as a civilian employee at the clinic on Vance Air Force Base in Enid.