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.’
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.”