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Army ID prompts muggers to thank victim, return items

Even criminals know enough to thank veterans for whatever freedom they have.

In Milwaukee, a 21-year-old Army reservist was mugged early Tuesday -- but when one of the four robbers saw the Army ID in his wallet, they returned everything but his keys and let him go.

The reservist is a student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was walking home from work about 1:15 a.m. when the four men jumped out from between two houses and started working him over.

But when they learned he was a soldier, he told the Associated Press that one of the robbers actually thanked him for his service and apologized, and the group leader gave him a fist bump as they parted ways.

The wallet had $16.

Police said the victim's story was credible. They said the four robbers also mugged two other people around that time. They're still on the loose.