Ex-soldier still seeking stolen medals

Waiuku’s Karl Neilsen has been overwhelmed by the response he has received since the theft of his war medals.

On Saturday 21 January, ex-New Zealand Defence Force soldier’s medals were stolen from his friend’s vehicle, which was parked on Richfield Crescent, in the north-west Auckland suburb of Westgate.

The four medals that were stolen (a medal for service to the New Zealand Army, a medal for operations in East Timor, a medal for operational service, and a commendation pin for saving someone’s life) have been described by Karl as ‘invaluable.’

 “These would sell for next to nothing but are invaluable to me and my children.”

The theft sparked a massive outcry on Social Media, with the original post seeing over 4000 shares.

However, at the time of print, Karl’s medals had not yet been returned.

“I had hoped that the exposure would have allowed my message to reach the thieves and prompt them to return my medals. Unfortunately, these people obviously do not operate with the same level of integrity that most of us do,” he stated on Social Media.

“It is unfortunate that I will probably not get the originals back but the silver lining is that, unlike family members of veterans who have passed away, myself and my children can still get replacements.”

 Karl stated that the support that he had received was ‘awesome.’
“I have had countless people message me and simply thank me for my service. This has been a humbling experience. I will leave this in the hands of our capable police and just enjoy my time with my two week old baby girl.”
 For those who have information on the stolen medals can contact the Police anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111


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