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Report: Burglars steal piggy bank, laundry hamper
Thursday, June 9, 2011

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - A Lexington couple returned home from work Monday to find their house trashed and an odd variety of items missing including their daughter's piggy bank, a refrigerator drawer, including the beer that was in it and a laundry hamper, according to a sheriff's department incident report.

Deputies were called to the home in the 200 block of Railroad Avenue just before 6:00 p.m. on June 6. The victim said that he and his wife had left the home around 7:30 a.m. with the doors locked. Upon returning home from work, the husband's first clue that the house had been broken into was a pool of water under an open refrigerator/freezer door.

The victim then noticed that the entertainment center in his den was damaged and that his 42" flat screen TV was missing. He backed out of the house and called 911.

After additional family members arrived, the man went back into the house, and found it to be unoccupied.

Deputies arrived and found a door frame and drywall damaged. The victim said he had found a large number of items missing and disturbed as he walked through the house.

According to the report, an iPod had been stolen from the kitchen as well as the bottom drawer of the refrigerator along with the 12 beers that were in it. The victim also reported that a laptop, a VCR/DVD player, a camcorder and a Nintendo Wii were all missing.

Perhaps the most disturbing item missing was the victim's daughter's piggy bank. "The victim stated a pink ceramic pig-shaped bank containing an unknown amount of cash had been removed from a small bookshelf in his daughter's bedroom," the report stated.

As the deputy and the victim moved through the home, they noted more missing items including a toolset, a fully-packed suitcase, a GPS, a 37" TV and various jewelry items including a 1988 Batesburg-Leesville class ring and earrings with heart-shaped rubies.

One other missing item rounded out the break-in inventory list. The victim told deputies that the clothes hamper typically located outside his closet door had been emptied and was missing.

Deputies processed the residence and found tire tracks in the driveway that were not consistent with the victim's car.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the case remains under investigation and detectives are continuing to work to identify the person or persons who broke into the home.

Metts asked anyone with information about the burglary to contact the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can report information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff's Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14875485

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