A man reformed from a life of crime now finds himself victim to the very crime he once committed.

Darrin Martin is now a soldier for the Salvation Army and is working to turn a life of crime and addiction around. He admits that he used to be a thief. Now, he’s facing criminals burglarizing and destroying cars and the mailbox clusters at the Escapades Apartments where he lives.

He’s been hit three times in three months with thieves stealing his credit cards, photos, and other important documents. Now, he has a message for those behind it.

“I wasn’t living an upright life, so I get where these people are coming from. But what I want these people to know and what I want these people to see is that things can be different,” he said. “I went into the Salvation Army from the suicide ward, and they took me in with open arms.”

Martin also lost his son to crime and says that because he’s seen both sides of it, he actually forgives the thieves at his apartment complex. He just wants them to know that the Salvation Army can be of help to them and can provide them with the same recovery help he’s now getting.