Albuquerque police recover medals stolen from vet

June 10, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say military medals stolen from an 89-year-old World War II veteran in New Mexico have been recovered.

Albuquerque police said Tuesday the nine medals have been returned to Roy Hopper.

[auth] They didn’t say how the items were recovered and if anyone was arrested in the case.

The framed service medals were among items taken from Hopper’s home during an April break-in.

At the time, Hopper was in the hospital after falling and breaking his hip.

Hopper’s name is inscribed on the back of the medals. One is a Bronze Star for bravery that he was awarded in 1991 for his heroic efforts during World War II.

Hopper participated in the Normandy Invasion before being captured by the Germans. He spent nine months in a camp for prisoners of war.

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