Thieves swipe military 'dog tags' belonging to woman's late father

Posted at 7:24 AM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 10:24:10-04

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) – A Spring Valley woman is desperately hoping someone can find a treasured family keepsake, swiped from her home.

Someone broke into Carla Even’s home Tuesday, during the late afternoon or early evening hours.  The thief or thieves gained access through a small bathroom window that was left open.  

Even says she came home to find her bedroom ransacked. Two guns were missing, along with thousands of dollars of jewelry.  The thieves also took her late father’s dog tags that he wore while serving in the Army.

“I had them under where I keep my jewelry, so they emptied that entire drawer,” Even said. 

The dog tags are all that she had left of her father, who she lost to brain cancer when she was 14 years old.  

“I told my stepmom at the time when he passed, (the dog tags) are the only things I want,” Even explained, “I don’t want anything, I just want his dog tags. People that served in the military it means a lot to them, so because it meant a lot to him, it meant a lot me.”

The dog tags have her father’s name on it, Craig Anthony Shump. 

“After he passed, and I was on my own, I wore them,” Even said. “It just made me feel closer to him.”

Even says the thief or thieves also took a bag from her room that she believes they filled with the stolen loot.  It’s a black and white shoulder bag marked with skull and crossbones that she had bought as a souvenir traveling through Arizona.  

Even has called pawnshops describing the stolen dog tags, but she also hopes people will check their front lawns and alleys in case the thief threw out any of the stolen items.  

If you have any information on the burglary, you’re encouraged to call law enforcement.