News 12 First at Five / Monday, November 4, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An Augusta man is trying to pick up the pieces after his home is burglarized, finding his most prized possessions gone.
The victim discovered the damage Friday after work at his home on Bridgeport Drive in Augusta. The only thing the burglars left was proof they were inside his house.
"One, two, three," counts homeowner Jerry Wilmot.
Three muddy footprints mark the steps where burglars burst into Wilmot's home Friday afternoon.
"I am devastated. I am actually devastated to come home from work and find that all my possessions are gone," he said solemnly.
As Wilmot followed the footsteps into his room, his worst fears were only confirmed.
"My lock box was over here," Wilmot told News 12 as he pointed to an empty corner in his closet.
Two lock boxes full of items used to sit in that corner. One stored important papers like the title to his truck. The other held personal heirlooms that he never wanted to lose.
"One of my mothers rings, my deceased wife's ring. I've had that for years. I can never replace that," Wilmot said sadly.
It was a ring his wife gave him before she died of cancer. A possession that was more like a memory, now gone forever.
"I feel like I've been invaded in my privacy," Wilmot said.
The burglars also stole his big-screen TV, brand new blue jeans, and two pairs of un-worn shoes. But, the item he's most worried about is a never before fired gun and the ammo to go with it.
"It's devastating to know that my gun is out there floating around somewhere," he said.
A neighbor caught a picture of the crook or crooks in a dark colored Pontiac leaving the house, something Wilmot is now scared to do.
"It scares me to have to leave my house now. I think I'm going to have an alarm system hooked up. What else can I lose? Everything I have is lost anyway," Wilmot said.
Right now investigators have a very limited description of the burglars. The neighbor who saw them told deputies they were wearing hoodies and driving a greenish-blue older Pontiac with one rim missing.
He thinks his homeowner's insurance will cover some of the losses, like the TV, but he'll never be able to recover those meaningful items that can't be replaced.