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Thieves strike after Iowa boys rescued from river

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (NBC) - It's been a week since Fort Dodge firefighter Alan Angstrom rescued two brothers from the Des Moines River.

Earlier this week, Angstrom and the two boys were flown out to New York City to share their story on the Today show.

Angstrom said the only thing more unbelievable than that experience was finding out that someone broke into the boys' home while they were in New York.

"Anytime a house gets broken into you expect TV, video games, movies and things like that, but the personal items that means so much to those boys,” Angstrom said.

Personal items that had little to no monetary value, but meant the world to these boys.

"The way she explained it was the boys are off in their little world that they create they're Legos and now they're gone,” he said.

The thieves also stole expensive items that the family can't afford to replace.

"They're at their father's because they don't have anything here,” Angstrom said.

In a press release the Fort Dodge Police Department called the act disturbingly disappointing if not disgusting.

"We have to all work together and when we know something or have a bit of information that could help law enforcement solve a crime or prevent a crime, it`s important for us as citizens to present that information," Fort Dodge police spokesperson Kevin Doty said.

While the police investigate, community members have set up drop off locations for donations for the family.

"These people deserve all the help they can get,” Angstrom said.

Angstrom says donations will help replace what was taken, but worries about the damage this incident has done to the boys.

"They feel guilty about what happened," he said.

Angstrom said what happened broke his heart, but just like the ice incident he believes with the community`s help, this family`s story can still have a happy ending.
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