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Marine veteran robbed of custom Purple Heart motorcycle

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A Marine’s custom painted Harley Davidson was stolen from his mother’s driveway while he was having dinner with her on Sunday.

Bailey heard the engine start when he was eating and immediately knew that something was wrong. He stepped outside and saw the suspect fleeing.

“I was just kinda helpless. I can’t run to start with because of the injuries that I sustained, but you’re just helpless,” Bailey said.

Surveillance cameras caught the criminal stealing the bike, but the film isn’t as clear as Bailey had hoped it would be since it was so dark outside.

Local police authorities are investigating the incident.

Brandon Bailey enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and while there, his vehicle hit an IED.  The Humvee he was riding in was catapulted into the air and landed on top of him, crushing his pelvis and breaking his hips and back.

The Marine was told by his doctors that he’d never walk again, but the veteran was determined to get on his bike once again.

“I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was just a little guy,” Bailey said.

After years of enduring pain from his injuries and undergoing more than 20 surgeries, his bike became his escape.

“That’s my release. You have guys that go to war and they do things a human shouldn’t do and they see things humans shouldn’t see, so you need that release or you are going to explode or implode,” Bailey said. “I fought cowards all over the world and then I come here and someone comes and takes a possession of mine.”

Bailey retired from the Marine Corps in 2012 and went on to start Purple Hearts and Heroes, a non-profit group which helps veterans and special needs children reconnect and heal through outdoor adventures.

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