Burglars invaded a Sarpy County man's home stealing not just valuables but irreplaceable memories. This crime victim is taking action.
“This is how they entered my house.” Burglars didn't just smash Tom Miller’s window. “They threw the brick first, then the hammer to knock out the glass.” They also broke his heart by stealing hunting gear passed down through generations. “Took away my memories of my dad using that gun.”
Breaking in when nobody was home, the thieves ransacked the three-story home near Highway 75 and Grenoble. “This stuff was on the ground, this pulled out.”
They took eight guns leaving empty cases. Also stolen were an expensive necklace, Tom's watch and his collection of nickels and wheat pennies. “Thirty-five rolls, I've been saving them a long time.”
Though long gone, the burglars left their marks on the home and homeowner. They left behind muddy footprints on carpet all around the house and Miller is anxious to get it cleaned up because it’s a reminder of stolen memories.
A Sarpy County Sheriff's Department detective is on the case. “I need a description of the coins because we have someone who might be trying to pawn them,” said Dana Harrah.
Miller is helping the investigation by boosting the Crime Stoppers reward to $2,500 and posting the amount around the Normandy Hills neighborhood. “Maybe it will open their mouths, we'll find out.” Miller is adding $1,500 of his own money to the reward because it’s not the items, but the attached memories he wants back. “My dad loved to hunt, both my dad and granddad. I have fond memories of that.”
Around the time of the burglary, a witness saw two men carrying gun cases in an apartment complex parking lot near the victim's home.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 592-STOP.