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SAN ANTONIO -- A soldier who fought for this country had his independence snatched away from him by a thief.

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle served eight years in Afghanistan, where he lost both of his legs and his right hand.

On Friday morning, thieves broke into his truck, which was parked in front of his home in the 5800 block of Avalon Terrace. They got away with his iPod.

But this wasn't just any old iPod. The device has an app on it that helps him use his prosthetic hand.

"I can't work with another hand and I can't get that hand to work with another touch bionic iPod," Eberle said.

Eberle's wife said her husband's prosthetic hand allows him to function day-to-day and drive to his own appointments.

"It's not easy to get a prosthetic arm. It's a process," Ashley Eberle said. "You know, he's going to be re-casted, a new mold. Who says it might not happen again? That's the frustrating part that they might come back again."

San Antonio Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

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