Updated: Yarmouth Police investigate theft from disabled US Marine and his family

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– Yarmouth Police report that on Wednesday at approximately 7:18 p.m., Patrol Officer Connor Burnham responded to the Cape Cod Inflatable Park for a report of a larceny. Patrol Officer Burnham arrived and met with the victims, disabled United States Marine combat veteran Robert M. Watson and his wife who reside in Jacksonville, North Carolina and are here on vacation with their two young children.

The Watson’s explained that they are staying at a hotel in Plymouth and came down to Yarmouth for the day. While at the Cape Cod Inflatable Park, they met a man and his young son who befriended them and thanked him for his service as a Marine. The victim and his wife and children left their belongings to take their children down a slide for a few minutes. When they returned, the man was gone. At the same time, they realized that their belongings—which were all together in a beach bag—were missing. Inside the bag were both of their wallets and all of their identifications, cash, and bank cards. Also taken were Mr. Watson’s military identification cards veterans’ affairs card, health care card, and social security card.

They began walking around trying to find the man but could not find him. Workers on scene offered to help. One of the workers stated that she saw a heavy set man walking out of the park carrying a bag matching the description of the stolen beach bag.

The victim and his family were left with no money or identification.
Cape Cod Inflatable Park gave them $100 so they could have food and gas money for the night and they returned to Plymouth.

The family returned to Yarmouth today to assist in the investigation and were treated to a tour of Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters and given monies from the US Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund at Citizens Bank. While at the South Yarmouth branch, several customers and employees who heard the story while waiting in line made additional cash donations directly to the family.

The Watson’s are expected to stay in the area tonight and travel back to Jacksonville, North Carolina sometime within the next few days.

Yarmouth Police are actively following a lead and expect to have more information regarding the suspect soon.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Yarmouth Police Department immediately at 508.775.0445 or email us at info@yarmouthpolice.com

If anyone would like to help the Watson famiy, please feel free to send donations to the United States Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund C/O Citizens Bank 1116 Route 28 South Yarmouth, Massachusetts 02664 or drop off donations at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters.

All donations will be sent to the family.

Media release furnished by Yarmouth Police

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