Naval Sword Among Items Taken By Thieves Who Ransacked Worthington Dental Office


Thieves stole televisions, a coffee table, a marble globe and Naval memorabilia from the Gentle Dentist overnight.

Visitors to the Gentle Dentist, located on Wilson Bridge Road, likely did not notice much out of place on Tuesday morning.

Staffers worked feverishly Tuesday morning to clean up the mess left behind by burglars.

"Every desk was opened, papers all over the floor, ceiling tile all over the floor," said Jane Coulman. "They ripped our TV off the wall, took our coffee table."

Coulman, whose husband is the dentist at the facility, said that thieves even took knick-knacks off of office shelves, including model cars collected by the late founder of the business, Dr. William Coulman.

The heartbreak was the theft of Coulman's Naval Officer's sword.

William Coulman held the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserves.

Jane said that the sword on the wall was the family's way of keeping him alive.

"We just don't want people to forget him," she said. "He'd be so mad to know that sword is missing."

Worthington police dusted the office for fingerprints. They are searching through surveillance video, too.

Jane said that she took to the phones on Tuesday to alert area pawn shops to be on the lookout for the sword, an irreplaceable part of her life.

"If anyone at a flea market or military show comes across anybody trying to sell a beautiful Navy saber that looks like it should be next to him, it's his. He still wants it," she said.
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