MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) Early Wednesday morning a Myrtle Beach firefighter said his van was stolen with the flags and holders inside of it needed for a 9/11 ceremony later that same day.
Steven Semones is also a member of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department's honor guard.
Wednesday morning's theft is something he said he's all too familiar with.
"It's the second time since May," Semones says. He said someone also stole from his van during the Memorial Day Bike Fest.
He says that he was able to get it back a month later, but this time the thieves were able to get their hands on some pretty valuable items.
"I know that I had $2000 worth of Oakley glasses taken," said Semones.
Semones says it was not just his possessions that were stolen.
He says he was scheduled to be a part of the 9/11 ceremonies at Broadway at the Beach on Wednesday. Inside the van, were the flags and holsters for the honor guard without them, Semones says they were unsure if the event would be able to go on as planned.
"I had put the stuff in my van so that I could go directly to the event," said Semones.
He says with the help of the Myrtle Beach Police, Wednesday's ceremony went off without a hitch.
"They were able to supply us with their set of flags, their holders and we fell back on some old tools that we had," said Semones.
He says he is still trying to figure out the commute back and forth to work, but he is happy the 9/11 ceremony was still able to go on.
Semones says that the flags and holders were found by police at the scene of another crime.
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