Sergeant Aaron Meagher and his girlfriend Erika Hipple were in the process of moving to Camp Pendleton in San Diego when they stopped in Bakersfield Thursday night to visit some former members from Meagher’s unit.
Friday morning, they woke up to find their trailer — full of sentimental items — stolen from the La Quinta Inn off Merle Haggard Drive.
Lots of people got involved locally, and by Saturday, posts of the missing trailer had thousands of shares on Facebook.
With the vigilance of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, local veterans groups, and this community – a pair of arrests in connection with the stolen trailer was made by Sunday. Not only was the trailer found, but so were all of the sentimental items that mean so much to Meagher and Hipple.
“Saying thank you isn’t enough because we wouldn’t have been able to do this, we wouldn’t have our things especially the things that mean so much if all of these people hadn’t played a part,” Hipple told us.
“My hat’s off to the deputies who were working this and the administration at the sheriff’s department who were making sure that this became a priority because, we felt very supported through this and I was very impressed,” Sgt. Meagher added.
Shortly after the story aired Sunday night, deputies arrested 19-year-old Sydney Waldo and 24-year-old Andrew Crain and returned the stolen goods to a very grateful couple.
Waldo and Crain face numerous felony charges.