Heather Malcom says sometime last week, someone broke into her husband's car and took off with his custom stereo system.
"I looked into the widows," she said. "I didn't touch anything, of course. And then the glove box was open and all his paperwork was out of his glove box."
The thief cut out the amplifier and the speakers from the back and ripped the radio out of the dash, setting the family back about $2,500.
"It could have went to us, our move and our children, Christmas is right around the corner," Heather Malcom said.
The couple has three children, including a 5-month-old son that Sergeant Malcolm has only seen for a week when the child was born.
He is due home next week after spending a year in Afghanistan as a Humvee mechanic with the 4th Brigade Combat Team.
Heather Malcom says she has told him about the robbery, but she says it's not the kind of welcome home he's looking forward to, because when he returns the family will make preparations for a reassignment move to Germany later this year.
The car that's been vandalized is the one that has to be sold before they move.
"I think it's unfortunate that we have people out there protecting our country and fighting in a war and we have people here that are robbing them of the stuff that they work hard for," Heather Malcom said.
In the meantime, Fayetteville police are also looking into a string of car break-ins and vandalism in the Malcom's neighborhood.