Local News


CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Thieves steal Army bag from veteran at Battlefield Vegas

Posted at 6:09 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 00:06:49-04

A veteran is hoping surveillance video will help catch a family who stole a backpack he had with him his entire career in the Army.

Scott Harris works at Battlefield Vegas, a shooting range that also has tanks on display for people to explore. They pick up tourists in trucks from their hotels to take them to the range.

Harris says he had his backpack sitting in the center console Saturday when he noticed it went missing.  

"I thought it was a prank at first," he says.

But the surveillance showed something worse. A family who was there to check out the tanks outside is seen going up to the truck. It then seems that the parents had the kids grab the bag and put in their van.

"How could somebody teach their kids that? That's just beyond me," Harris says.

Harris says the backpack only had a few dollars in tips inside, but it's more about the sentimental value. He bought the backpack 12 years ago when he started basic training. The bag has a liner to carry a gallon of water, and Harris says he brought it around the world with him, including dangerous deployments overseas.

"It was my lucky charm," he says, adding he survived deployments with the bag in tact.

Battlefield Vegas says since the family was just there to look around, they have no record of them signing in, but do have good pictures of the parents.

Harris says he just wants them to do the right thing and return the bag.

"We did what we did because we volunteered to do it and it's because we love this country even everybody that's in it. Even the people that took the bag," he says.