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Veteran buys a Desert Storm Humvee; he's out 10K because it was stolen

January 10, 2019 - 3:01 pm

Dirk Burkett, a veteran from Michigan, dreamed of owning a 1990 Desert Storm-era military Humvee.

And he found one on Facebook Marketplace.  But the purchase turned into an expensive lesson and nightmare:  the Humvee was stolen.

"It was basically like my heart sunk in my chest cause that's a substantial amount of money," Dirk Burkett told Fox 17 in Western Michigan.

Burkett says he found the Humvee on Facebook Marketplace back in September, and bought it from a private seller in Holland, Michigan.

"We sent him a deposit for $500 and then I got $10,000 in cash and then I went down and completed the purchase of the truck," he told Fox 17.

But as with every car purchase, there was paperwork.  And it was then - while figuring out the title - Burkett discovered his dream truck was stolen.

The  Michigan State Police got involved, and sure enough, the Humvee had traded hands twice before Burkett ever "bought" it. 

"The detective said they had a clear picture and the video of the gentleman who stole it," Burkett recalled. "It took just a day or two after I reported it they had caught the guy," Burkett told the television station. 

The problem is:  the owner who Burkett bought it from has no intention to give him back his money, because he too was taken by the person who he bought it from.  

You can call it  "trickle down cost of crime."  Burkett says state police are listing him as a victim of the crime, but he's not holding his breath that he'll recoup his $10,500.