South Bend, Ind. A retired couple who live in a secluded area just northeast of Potato Creek State Park returned to their home Friday afternoon to find it ransacked.
The burglars entered through a window after removing an air conditioning unit. The front door and window also showed signs of attempted entry.
A 40-inch television and lawn equipment were taken, along with 500 dollars in cash and a safe -- which contained passports, birth certificates and vehicle titles.
“Everything was out. They went through the kitchen, hall closet, two of the three bed rooms, and the basement. I don't know what they were looking for, we don't have anything,” said the husband, who asked not to be identified by name.
The couple lives more than a mile from a major road and said burglaries of this type are rare in the area. They said the incident has really shaken their sense of safety.
“I grew up around the corner and we never put locks on the door until the late 1960s,” the man said. “But today I'm considering putting bars between the windows so they can’t be opened.”
While they took a hit financially, the wife said the greatest loss will be her peace of mind.
“It will be a long time before I feel safe again,” she said.
Two neighbors reported seeing unusual vehicles in the couple’s driveway. A white pick-up truck and a white passenger van with decals on the lower portion of the rear window were reported to be parked at the house during the period that they couple said they were out.
The couple has lived in the area for more than 40 years.