Community reaches out to Sailor who lost everything

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Hampton Roads community is rallying around a Sailor who lost everything in a burglary while he was out to sea.

Adam Pollnow is assigned to the USS Kearsarge. He just got back from a two-week training mission and when he went into his home along Norfolk’s 29th Street, the whole house had been ransacked. As police look for the thieves, Hampton Roads is making this Veterans Day special for the Sailor.

“I got you a couple of mixing bowls,” Sandee Spicer said to Pollnow. “I want you to go around, and if there is anything else, just grab it. I’m just sorry that it happened.”

Sandee Spicer is just one of many who saw 10 On Your Side’s report about Pollnow on Monday night and decided to help.

“It actually really upset me about Adam,” Spicer said.

Spicer owns Frank Spicer Co. Inc. Restaurant Equipment on Princess Anne Road in Norfolk. It was a shop opened by her father, after spending 20 years as a gunners mate in the U.S. Navy. The business has been in the same location since 1976.

“He would have done a lot more, probably,” Spicer said of her dad. “He would have bought [Pollnow] a washer and dryer.”

Frank passed away last Monday, at age 86.

“He’s looking down on me and saying ‘yeah Sandee, do it,’” Spicer said.

And what she and the memory of her father have done is put a smile on a face that had little to smile about the last few days. And Spicer did it on a day Frank loved, and one Pollnow will never forget — Veterans Day.

“My heart is racing to know that people actually care in the community,” Pollnow said. “It shows you how veterans never forget each other. It shows you that we are always going to have each others’ backs. We are a family no matter what branch we are in.”

Pollnow said the giving has not stopped: many of his shipmates have provided him with furniture and other items. They’ve even set up an online account where people can donate to the Sailor — click here to visit that fund.

Norfolk police are still looking for the whoever broke into Pollnow’s home. If you have any information, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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