Police continued to search on Wednesday for those responsible for breaking into a northeast side home and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.
Larry Hartman said that he and his wife returned home for a doctor’s appointment on Monday to find their jewelry chest empty, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
"All my wife's jewelry that we've accumulated over 55 years of marriage (was stolen),” Hartman said.
Hartman said the thieves entered through a bedroom window the couple left open.
"My wife left the window up 2 inches,” Hartman said. “We have an alarm system, and naturally, we only left for a couple of hours to go to the doctors in middle of the day. We didn't turn it on."
Hartman said that the burglary was a reminder for homeowners to be vigilant.
Columbus police Community Liaison Officer Chris Riley said that there are inexpensive ways to protect homes, including using motion-sensor lights, light timers, door-jam bars and simple alarms.
Hartman said that he hoped that other homeowners would learn from his mistake.
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