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Thieves steal life savings from homeowner's safe

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Updated: 7/10/2013 6:49 pm
ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- We have new information on a home burglary that happened last week in the Fairview area.

Investigators now say they believe there were at least three people that broke into the home and stole a large amount of cash from a safe.

"They used my extension cord, my drills, my crowbars, my sledge hammers everything," says Wayne Cleveland, homeowner.

It was bad enough thieves used Wayne Cleveland's own tools to break into his home, but when Cleveland went into the room that housed his safe he learned the extent of his loss.

"The worse thing they took, my grand kids inheritance," said Cleveland.

Investigators say thieves initially tried to break through the outside brick to get into the house, and when that failed, investigators say thieves busted the front door and pried opened the safe.

"This wasn't a crime of opportunity, this was a planned crime. When you have planning there is going to be more than one person involved," says Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson.

Dickinson says investigators have collected a lot of evidence from the scene, such as gloves, cans, plastic bottles and the tools that were used to commit the crime.

"When you are at a crime scene as long as they were, they left some things there that I don't think they realized they left," says Dickinson.

Back at the Cleveland's home, the safe door still sits on the floor of his shed for investigators to gather more DNA if needed. 

Cleveland says it looks like thieves peeled the top layer of the safe door back and drilled away until the door came open.

Cleveland says nothing else in the safe or his home was taken.

Thieves only took the bag of cash that he says contained his life savings and his grand children's inheritance.
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