Break-ins in Coaling caught on camera

Brazen burglars have struck again in broad daylight.

This time in Coaling on Wire Road. The man whose home was burglarized spoke on camera about the irreplicable items stolen from him.

Charlie Charlton, 79, said he was out running errands Wednesday around lunchtime. He’d just finished visiting his late wife Lilian at the cemetery.

“Something told me to come home,” Charlton said.

When he pulled up, he knew something was wrong.

“My back door was open, and I know I locked it when I left. I came on in the house and I saw where they kicked the door down with all of the deadbolts laying on the floor,” he said.

After heading inside, Charlton discovered thieves made off with several of his most prized possessions.

“They got my 3030 Winchester.” he said. “My grandson gave it to me when he was 15 years old. They got my safe with a whole lot of money and stuff dating all the way back to the 1800s, old silver I was saving for my grandchildren. They went to the table and got four bottles of my prescription medicine. They got my wife’s jewelry box.”

Mrs. Charlton passed away in March of last year after nearly 60 years of marriage.

“Fifty-eight years, three months and 16 days,” Charlton said. “I miss her every day. I talk to her every day just like I’m talking to you. The last three words she said to me were ‘I love you.’ Every night before I go to bed, I say, ‘goodnight, sweetheart. I love you.’ That’s an every night thing. ”

Coaling police said the crooks were only inside for about 4 minutes. Luckily, the crime was caught on camera.

“I hope they catch them,” Charlton said.

If you can help identify these individuals, please contact Coaling Police Department at 205-507-0200.

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