Vintage WWII bomber jacket stolen from car in West St. Paul

A beloved WWII bomber jacket was stolen from a car in West St. Paul, and the family hopes for its safe return.

A West St. Paul family is asking the public to be on the lookout for a vintage WWII bomber jacket. Someone decided to break into Chris and Julia Palmquist's black Pontiac on Monday as it was parked behind their house on Annapolis Street. They left everything -- except that beloved jacket.

Julia said it belonged to her dad, Chuck Ramberg. Ramberg says he's sad and upset, since he received it as a gift from his late father-in-law, James Steiger, who wore the jacket in the United States Air Force after enlisting at age 22.

"My father in law would be probably the first one to give the jacket to the person if he needed it that bad if he had to steal one," Ramberg said.

The veterans at the South St. Paul VFW see it differently.

"If the guy wants something that bad, why don't he join the service and earn his own?" one vet said.

Now, they're hoping to get the word out in the community about the stolen jacket.

Issac Tucker with Best Pawn in St Paul said vintage jackets like this could be worth anywhere between $400 and $500 if the crooks want to make a quick profit. He said it will be difficult to flip at his store.

"Everything we do is downloaded to the police every single night, so everything that I do today is reported to them the very next morning," Tucker said.

Meanwhile, the Palmquists said they'll be checking eBay, Craigslist and other online forums regularly.


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