‘Neat Thieves’ Rob 94-Year-Old Veteran

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By Roc Woodrum

JEFFERSON, Ohio -- Every year, 94-year-old Richard Reuschling, of Jefferson, a small town near Ashtabula, goes away for the winter to spend time in warmer weather.

“Six months we spend here, six months we spend there, and we usually leave here around October,” said Reuschling.

This spring, when Richard returned home, it seemed everything was all right -- at least at first.

“I didn't notice anything when I first got in the house," he said. "I just walked back there, and she noticed that the TV was gone," said Reuschling.

The interesting thing was the thief went through drawers and cabinets but put everything back neatly.

“It's unbelievable, because they took everything out of the jewelry boxes and put them back just like they were before," said Reuschling. "The drawers, everything was put back, the safe, everything was put back in the safe, and then when they left here they locked the house."

“When we checked the house out there was nothing particularly damaged,  it was done in such a way that they didn't want to cause a lot of damage," said Jefferson Police Chief David Wassie. "They didn't ransack through drawers, they didn't ransack through closets, there was very little left disturbed in the house."

Among the things that were stolen were two momentos from Reuschling's days in World War II.

“Two of the items that he's particularly concerned about, would be the ring that his wife had made out of his paratrooper pin, and also a silver cigarette case with RAF on it," said Wassie.

“Maybe I'm just old," said Reuschling. "I think a lot of guys are out of work, and if he did it to feed his family, then so be it."

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