‘I have nothing left’: Sentimental items stolen from man, 90

Crime

His late wife's wedding ring were among the items stolen from his car

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –– When the Riverside Fire erupted, thousands of people in Clackamas County were put on evacuation alert.

Ninety-year-old Robert Pouriea of Happy Valley heeded the notice and packed his valuable possessions from his Town Center Terrace Apartment into his vehicle. But it turned out he didn’t need to evacuate.

Sometime between September 14-18, a thief or thieves got into his vehicle at the apartment parking lot and stole everything inside.

Pouriea spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He wasn’t born in Happy Valley but it’s where he and his late wife, Ruth, put down roots and raised their two daughters.

Robert Pouriea’s sentimental possessions were stolen from his car while it was parked at his retirement community in Happy Valley. (KOIN)

“We got married and been here ever since,” he said. “She’s waiting for me up at the national cemetery.”

For the past eight years, Pouriea has lived at the Forum retirement community –– a place he said he likes. He even has a covered parking spot with his name. But his peace was shattered last week when someone broke into his car and stole all of the valuables inside. Precious, irreplaceable items like his late wife’s wedding ring, a coin collection and jewelry –– gone.

“Everything I wanted to leave to my children is gone,” Pouriea told KOIN 6 News. “I was just devastated at the fact that I have nothing left. I’m done, I’m not going to live long, I have nothing to leave my children of value.”

Pouriea said his coin collection included an Australian 50-cent piece he obtained while visiting Australia in the 1950s and a $10 gold piece passed down from his father.

Robert Pouriea and his wife, Ruth. (Courtesy of Kathy Goddard)

“My grandmother took it out of circulation when they closed the gold standards,” he said. “It went to my father; my father gave it to me; I wanted to give it to my children.”

Among the stolen jewelry pieces was a Black Hills Gold ring his father gave him when he was 25. But perhaps the biggest loss: his and his late wife’s wedding rings.

“We were married for 52 years,” said Pouriea. “It hurts. It hurts.”

The Forum at Town Center shared the following statement with KOIN 6 News:

“At The Forum at Town Center, our highest priority is the well-being of our residents. We are deeply saddened to hear of the theft of a resident’s personal belongings and are committed to assisting the local police department in any way that we can.”

Anyone with information about these items is asked to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 503.723,4949 or by using their online email form.

The case number is CCSO #20-020295.

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