Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 31, 2013

Police seek help in burglary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — The West Virginia State Police are asking anyone with information about a burglary in a Princeton neighborhood to come forward.

Trooper J.L. Morris of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment said several high value items were stolen from a residence in JoHo Estates Monday night but the sentimental value of some of the objects is what makes them irreplaceable.

“They took a lot of jewelry and a TV,” Morris said. “We don’t have an exact amount of the value of what was taken, but the items were very valuable. They also had a high sentimental value to the homeowner. They stole her grandmother’s wedding ring, her mother’s wedding ring and her late husband’s wedding band.”

Morris said the homeowner was gone most of the day and came home to find the items gone.

“She was gone until about 10:30 p.m. that night,” Morris said. “We believe the burglary happened sometime after dusk because none of the neighbors reported seeing anything suspicious during the day.”

However, Morris said two suspicious subjects were spied around the house before the burglary.

“Two male subjects were seen around the neighborhood before the burglary,” Morris said. “A neighbor said the two men were opening mailboxes and looking inside. The neighbor said it seemed as if they were looking around to determine if anyone was home.”

Morris said he and other troopers are reaching out to local residents who may have seen something Monday.

“We are hoping some of the neighbors may have some surveillance or security footage of the suspects,” Morris said. “We are in the process of talking with anyone in the neighborhood about what they saw that day.”

Morris said anyone with information can call the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment at 304-425-2101.

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