A soldier, who has returned to his Virginia home after being transferred across the country, stumbled upon an unwelcome surprise. His home had been ransacked.
Army Staff Sgt. Eulalio Mestre, an 11-year veteran, drove across country last week to relocate to the Virginia Beach home he left.
He was transferred from Virginia to Ft. Lewis in the Seattle area three years ago, WAVY reported.
The day after he moved some of his possessions back into the home, he discovered someone had broken in, Mestre said on his GoFundMe site.
"Every room and every crevice of the house, they did something to it," Mestre told WAVY.
Trash was thrown everywhere. Doors were kicked in. Bathroom sinks and toilets were destroyed.
He also said the items he dropped off the night before were gone.
Mestre is now trying to get the home cleaned up before his wife and children join him on the East Coast.
He is also trying to deal with his insurance company.
The company said they may not pay for the damage at the home because he hasn't lived in it for 30 consecutive days, WAVY reported.
The insurance company estimated the cost of the damage is between $30,000 and $40,000.
He has started a GoFundMe page, hoping to get some financial help to get the home back in order.
Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to exclusive deals and newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.