ARLINGTON, Wash. -- While observers were paying tribute to fallen service members this Memorial Day, a thief smashed a car window and made off with a woman's purse at Arlington Municipal Cemetery.
"I didn’t realize that people could be like that."
Now, Marci Florillo's purse is much smaller today than it was a week ago.
“I can just have it on me, I don’t even take it off when I get in the car.”
When Q13 News met with her in downtown Seattle, a much bigger city than she is used to, she was frustrated, almost lost in her thoughts.
“That’s pretty low I just, I didn’t realize that people could be like that. Now I do.”
That something as dishonorable as a thief breaking into her car, stealing her purse, could happen in her quiet city at the Arlington Municipal Cemetery, on Memorial Day.
“Someone could smash a window and that we couldn’t hear that from where we were, we weren’t that far away.”
It was supposed to be a time of reflection of their sacrifice and honor.
“We were all focused on the band playing the national anthem, and then they were playing 'Taps' and stuff like that, and we were also turned facing the flag and the service that was going on.”
Marci stood there alongside so many others with heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude to fallen soldiers, not knowing that attending would make her a target.
“Just disappointed that would happen at the cemetery and kind of taint that whole experience.”
Marci acted quickly, cancelling her cards, hoping the suspect would be stopped in her tracks. The thief was denied when she tried to put $500 onto a pre-paid gift card at a Fred Meyer store in Marysville. An even bigger blow may have been when she attempted to buy a box of Reese’s Pieces candy, and you guessed it, was denied.
“They didn’t actually get anything from me. I had no cash, my credit cards were all declined.”
So now reeling with her own denial, Marci digs, trying to understand how someone would do something so low.
“Now I know that there’s no day off for the thieves, there’s no sacred space, there’s no sacred place.”
The suspect in this theft is described as a medium to heavy build, adult woman in her 20s or 30s. She was wearing a dark baseball hat, black jacket, gray and black camouflage leggings, and flip flops.
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