TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police officers are collecting money to replace items stolen from the home of a disabled war veteran.
The officers surprised 33-year-old Thong Pane Phong Deng on Saturday with a new gaming system.
A police report says all of his electronics — Xbox, computer, camera and iPad — were taken from his home as he was being treated in the hospital. When officer Connie Tregoe started investigating the robbery, she learned that Phong Deng played games on the Xbox to help get him through the days.
The police squad all pitched in and purchased a new Xbox.
Phong Deng lost his leg in combat and was being treated at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital.
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