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Thieves steal more than jewelry from Waterloo man's home

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Thieves made off with more than jewelry when they recently robbed an area man's home.

76-year-old Charles Shepard was moving out of his home in the 1200 block of Westland Avenue in Waterloo this past weekend, when thieves broke in, stealing a jewelry box that belonged to his wife who died four years ago.

Shepard moved out of his family home for a senior living facility.

He says, "My health is not the best anymore, my arthritis is real bad and I have problems with my heart."

Charles has had a moving truck in his driveway for a few days. He wasn't there this weekend, but a neighbor saw something strange.

He says, "The door was caved in and they split the door frame. They went directly into the back bedroom where that jewelry case was and took off."

It's hard enough to leave behind a home, but on top of it he had his last few memories of his late wife stolen from him. Charles and Sandy were married for 48 years, they had two children together. Sadly, she died four years ago and her jewelry is gone now too, in the hands of thieves.

He says, "A lot of it was European jewelry and they took her three sets of pearls."

Priceless memories to Charles. He is turning his sadness into anger and he has a message to those responsible.

He says, "I hope police officers can find them before I somehow do first, because that would be a bad deal."

If you have any information, please call Waterloo Police.

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