HOUSTON — Sgt. Kenneth Fuqua of the U.S. Marine Corps is struggling to put his life back together.
“I lost everything, all of my worldly possessions,” he said.
He showed pictures of his pickup truck showing the flatbed cover smashed open and belongings strewn all over the ground.
The sergeant spoke out as he traveled with his mom from their native California to Destin, Fla., where he will assume a new assignment with the corps.
But along the way, they spent a night at a Houston Marriot in the Galleria. Fuqua said he paid extra to park in the hotel’s secure garage and was stunned by what he found the next morning.
“Walked up to my truck and everything that was left was strewn about the ground,” he said.
He said thieves stole his service uniforms, laptop, television, guns and his late grandfather’s medallion, which he wore around his neck when he served as a Marine in Vietnam.
“And my grandmother kept it for me until I graduated boot camp in 2012,” said Fuqua. “They stole it right off my rearview mirror.”
He said the hotel told him security cameras in the garage didn’t capture a thing. The case has been assigned to HPD’s auto theft division, although officials conceded that with no good surveillance video, it’ll be a tough crime to solve.
Fuqua hails from a long line of marines and soldiers. His mom is heartbroken.
“I can’t comprehend that,” said Tina Fuqua. “I can’t comprehend someone doing this to somebody who is trying to protect our country.”
Fuqua said even though he’s lost a lot, he’s still up for the fight.
“I’m a U.S. Marine,” he said. “You can’t break my bearing.”