Storage Unit Sells Soldier's Stuff

1 decade 11 months 5 days ago Thursday, January 11 2007 Jan 11, 2007 Thursday, January 11, 2007 8:32:45 PM CST January 11, 2007 in News
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SPRINGFIELD - A Missouri soldier whose stored possessions were sold while he was in Iraq may never recover such treasures as family photos. But offers of help are streaming Patrick Rogalin's way from strangers who heard about his plight. The 20-year-old Army Reservist came home last October after a year in Iraq to find that Public Storage Inc. had auctioned everything he stored at one of its sites near St. Louis. Public Storage offered him $2,000 for what he said was worth four times that much. On Monday, he took a $4,000 settlement, but by then his story was national news. Public Storage said it regrets what happened. Rogalin said he set up automatic payments with Public Storage, but he said someone accessed his checking account and drained it while he was in Iraq, causing his storage payments to bounce. He said Public Storage never told him his account was in trouble, or that everything he owned was going to be sold. Left only with his car and military clothing, he moved in with his girlfriend, a student at Missouri State University.

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