RIALTO, Calif. (KABC) --Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony Green knew when he returned home he had been burglarized. Items were strewn across his Rialto house and the window in his master bedroom lay shattered on the floor.
But the meaning of the items taken from him went far beyond their cash value.
The burglars took irreplaceable mementos from Green's tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, including a sword that he planned to use as part of his July wedding ceremony and items from fellow Marines who were killed in the line of duty.
They also physically removed a 400-pound safe from his home that contained two military rifles and ammunition.
The safe was lifted over a six-and-a-half foot wall, leading Green to believe more than one person was involved.
Green believes the burglary happened while he was out of town between Saturday and Tuesday. He's in the process of selling the house, and suspects the burglars cased his home when it was being shown to prospective buyers.
"I've served my country and this is the thanks I deserve?" Green said. "It's saddening."