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Thief arrested who posed as a Marine and stole Marine vet’s military gear


A Marine veteran living in Utah finally has some justice after his personal trainer conned him. When the con-man said he needed a place to stay, Kurt Harris offered his home and eventually went away on business, according to

Michael Manning, a con-man posing as a Marine vet, said he needed a place to stay. Kurt Harris offered to let Manning stay in his home and eventually went away on business, according to Fox 13. That’s when he was robbed. The thief stole his Dodge Charger, laptops, and everything Marine related including uniforms and war memorabilia.

Harris took to social media to ask for help saying, “The last decade of my Marine service is gone,” Harris said. “My uniforms, my dress blues, photos of friends that are not with us anymore, it’s all gone.”


Harris believes the thief stole his military items to keep with the lie of serving.

Eventually, he received a phone call from the Missoula Police Department with some good news. He learned that Manning had been arrested and most of his goods recovered.

Manning met a girl online and began staying with her in Montana, but when his demeanor began to change, she went online to find more information, according to Fox13Now.

“One of the first things they saw was the Fox News report talking about who this guy actually was and that he`s on the run,” Harris said.

The woman called police and worked with them to set up a sting to arrest Manning. Thankfully, they found Harris’ car, filled with the most important and irreplaceable military memorabilia items.

“My medals are intact, my service record is there, thank goodness. Pictures of my buddies who aren’t with us anymore. The whole time I had spent in the Marine Corps has been restored,” Harris said in the Fox newspiece.


Manning was charged as a fugitive and made his first court appearance on Monday in Missoula, Montana on Monday.


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