Jacqueline Crandall: Disabled veteran's home burglarized, child's toys stolen

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The home of a disabled veteran and her son with autism was burglarized, many of their belongings allegedly stolen just weeks before Christmas.

This is usually a quiet block for Jacqueline Crandall and her eight year old son Ryland. But last Thursday, that peace was interrupted.

"He started screaming and freaking out, Mommy this is gone, this is gone," said Crandall.

Crandall went out to run  some errands. She came back to find her phone, television, computer and all electronics had been stolen from her home.

"Christmas was already gonna be hard enough as it was, but now…," said Crandall.

A disabled veteran and single mother, Jacqueline must devote her time to her son Ryland who has autism. She says games on the computer and Wii system help stimulate him and improve his focus.

"He would be so frustrated that he couldn't speak but socializing with the games with his friends…," said Crandall.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating the robbery. But during the interview, a stranger wanted to pay it forward.

"My dad was in the military and I didn't like that someone would do something like that," said the man who donated some toys to Crandall's son.

Jacqueline hopes it's the start of better luck to come.

If you would like to help Jacqueline, you can email her at helpryland@yahoo.com

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