Targeted? Valley veteran a victim of criminals again

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Steven Richardson says two of his motorcycles were stolen and he believes he was targeted. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Steven Richardson says two of his motorcycles were stolen and he believes he was targeted. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Richardson says a 2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR and a similar pocket bike that belong to his sons were stolen. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Richardson says a 2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR and a similar pocket bike that belong to his sons were stolen. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
That bike was literally my livelihood. They took more than a personal possession from me, they took money from my family, said Steven. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) That bike was literally my livelihood. They took more than a personal possession from me, they took money from my family, said Steven. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Since thieves left more than $6,000 of aftermarket parts on the bike, the Army veteran is suspicious the theft could be revenge for April's attack. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Since thieves left more than $6,000 of aftermarket parts on the bike, the Army veteran is suspicious the theft could be revenge for April's attack. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Steven Richardson was hospitalized in April after being run over. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Steven Richardson was hospitalized in April after being run over. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

An Army veteran that nearly died after an attack in April was targeted a second time by criminals.

“I’m pulling my hair out trying to make sense of it,” said Steven Richardson, an Army veteran.

Early Saturday morning, surveillance cameras show two men in hoodies walk into the carport at Steven's Chandler home and steal two motorcycles.

“That bike was literally my livelihood. They took more than a personal possession from me, they took money from my family,” said Steven.

Steven says a 2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR and a similar “pocket bike” that belongs to his sons were stolen.

“Everything that’s happened over the past year, it’s been rough. It’s been one bad thing after another,” said Steven.

“We’ve had a really long year,” said Samantha Richardson, Steven’s wife.

In April, Steven intervened during a domestic dispute that happened in a Chandler parking lot. The man then turned on Steven, who fractured his skull and lost 85 percent of the hearing in his left ear.

[READ MORE: Man trying to help woman in parking lot finds himself victim of hit-and-run]

“We were finally getting to a point where we were getting back on our feet and getting our bills caught up and then suddenly this,” said Steven.

Steven says his motorcycle was located on the Gila River Indian Reservation on Monday morning. It was destroyed but not stripped. Since thieves left more than $6,000 of aftermarket parts on the bike, the Army veteran is suspicious the theft could be revenge for April’s attack.

[READ MORE: Suspect in hit-and-run of Valley veteran speaks from jail]

“We're going to brush it off and try and move past this again,” said Samantha.

The Richardson family says the incidents are a good lesson for their children.

“No matter what happens, you can always get back up. You can always brush it off and always can move on,” said Samantha.

“Everybody should be kind to each other, to help them. That’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I’m bringing them up,” said Steven.

Steven is relying on friends for transportation to work. The Army veteran says the community has already done so much for his family so he’s not asking for donations. Instead, he’s asking people to take every opportunity to help someone in need.

“To have care and compassion for everybody,” said Steven Richardson.

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