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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - When volunteer firefighters in Seaside Heights broke into an Army-Navy store during Superstorm Sandy, officials said they did so to get supplies critical to ongoing rescue operations.

But items including Elvis and Betty Boop plates, GI Joe statues, Swiss bayonets, handbags, comic books and golf balls also went missing.

The Star-Ledger reported a wide variety of merchandise was included in what was taken from the store.

The borough recently paid the ransacked store $185,000 in compensation.

Seaside Heights officials say the firefighters only took rescue supplies, and that looters might have taken other items after the firefighters had left.

The store owner says the borough made things right as best it could, noting that legitimate rescue and survival supplies also were taken.

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