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Former Marine's livelihood in jeopardy after theft

10:41 PM, Nov 20, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- The livelihood of a former Marine is in jeopardy after thieves broke into his work truck.

Israel Showvaker was getting ready for work at his Aurora home early Wednesday morning when his doorbell rang.

"I got dressed quick, went outside, noticed my neighbor was walking back across the street," he said, "I didn't think much of it."

Then he noticed glass on the ground near his truck.

"I came around and looked at it (his truck) and noticed that my back window had been broken," he said. " There was glass everywhere."

Showvaker is an arborist, who owns and operates his own tree trimming company. The thieves took most of the equipment he needs for work.

"The climbing line I had was about $180," he said. "That's not counting the rigging and specialty ropes. Rigging ropes are rated up to 20,000 pounds, and the blocks, it gets in the hundreds of dollars really fast."

The thieves also stole his GPS and mobile credit card processing machine.

Showvaker and his family have already been struggling financially because of medical bills related to the premature birth of their twins earlier this year. One of them passed away at just 8 weeks old.

Their daughters, Annabelle and Maria, were born at just 29 weeks. Annabelle was born with a heart defect that needed surgery. She also developed a intestinal infection and passed away.

"I was sick to my stomach you know. I was angry," he said. "I have a lot of mouths to feed and it's shock, disbelief, anger. At one point, I just laid down on the street [when] I realized they took everything I need to rig and remove trees."

Showvaker says he asked around the neighborhood, but no one saw anything.

"Nothing ever gets left in the truck again. It's a lot of gear, but it's harder to replace it than it is to carry it into the garage," he said.

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