Thieves strike after Iowa boys rescued from river - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Thieves strike after Iowa boys rescued from river

Posted: Updated:
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.
  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • 32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:01:35 GMT
    A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.[more]
    Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and 10 of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.[more]
  • School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

    School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:32:09 GMT
    Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.[more]
    Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.[more]
  • UK deputy leader criticizes tumor-boy case

    UK deputy leader criticizes tumor-boy case

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:32:03 GMT
    U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says it is inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who spirited their ill 5-year-old child out of the country in order for him to receive a revolutionary...[more]
    U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Tuesday it was inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a couple who took their ill 5-year-old child to Spain in hope of getting a revolutionary type of radiation...[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.