- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in western Michigan are investigating a string of larcenies and vandalism that include the theft of a replica rifle, helmet and dog tags from a monument commemorating a local soldier killed in Iraq.

The Kent County sheriff’s office says Monday that the items were taken from the Timothy Brown monument at Memorial Park in Cedar Springs, northeast of Grand Rapids.

The military has said 23-year-old Army Spc. Timothy Brown of Cedar Springs, was killed Nov. 4, 2005 by a roadside bomb while checking for explosives around the Humvee in which he and four other soldiers were riding.

Sheriff’s officials say funding for the monument was raised by the community.

In 2013, Brown’s grave marker and several others at a cemetery in Nelson Township were damaged by vandals.

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