SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - For Nicholas Whiteman it's been hard calling his house "home" lately. The Spokane Valley man said it was burglarized at the end of January.
"Every item that could be gone through, was gone through," Whiteman said. "Every bookshelf, every drawer, everything was just torn apart, scattered, broken."
Whiteman said that the suspects made off with numerous items including lap tops, smart phones and gaming systems . They also stole memorabilia that was given to him from his fellow Marines.
"Items that wouldn't matter to anyone else, but they had very significant value to myself," Whiteman said.
Whiteman said they made off with something more, his sense of security. Whiteman adds that he did two tours in Iraq and that this experience was much more traumatic.
"I thought I had felt fear before going to war and none of those feelings I've never had like I do now," he said.
Not only traumatic for him, but also for his 8-year-old son.
"I can't even put my son to sleep anymore because every ten minutes he's waking up," Whiteman said. "He's worried, he's concerned, he heard a noise, there's somebody outside his window."
Whiteman has since installed cameras around the house and put extra locks on the doors, but he hopes that his neighbors will keep an eye out now.
"We have to do something more as a community," Whiteman said.
Whiteman said at this point he doesn't care about getting the items back, he wants to know who did it so that he can get closure and get back to feeling safe in his home.