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Burglars steal medals earned by slain Ga. soldier

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) -- The mother of a Georgia soldier who was killed in Iraq says burglars broke into her home and stole combat medals her son earned for his military service.

Cindy Hardegree of Villa Rica says the awards and badges included a Gold Star that the Defense Department gave the family after her son's funeral.

The medals belonged to Army Sgt. Mike Hardegree, who died along with six other soldiers in Iraq after their vehicle flipped over in September 2007.

Reports say that the soldier's mother says the burglars got away with $10,000 worth of goods from her home after the break-in last Wednesday. She says she misses the Gold Star the most because she'd had it made into a locket that she would wear.