Couple doubles reward for information about burglary
April 7, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated April 6, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.
The Victoria couple who sustained a substantial loss after being burglarized are doubling their reward to $30,000 for information related to the crime at their home in the 2000 block of North Levi Street.
The burglary that occurred either the night of March 22 or early March 23 resulted in James H. Kincaid and Linda K. Schwab losing items they'd acquired after 37 years of marriage, including cash, jewelry, documents and the couple's Mercury Grand Marquis.
Schwab said she kept receipts from all of the couple's major purchases in a fire-proof safe that was stolen and later discarded.
"We cannot now document the enormous loss we have suffered," Kincaid said.
Officers recovered the vehicle last week at an apartment complex parking lot near the city swimming pool on North Ben Wilson Street, Kincaid said.
The car sustained several thousand dollars worth of damage and is currently being investigated by police, he said.
The doubled reward includes $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people responsible for the burglary and vandalism of their home, Kincaid said.
The couple is also offering the following rewards:
$6,000 for the recovery of a men's gold Longines ultra-chronograph wrist watch.
$6,000 for the recovery of a lady's gold and diamond necklace with a swirled chevron design surrounded by 52 diamonds.
$2,000 for the recovery of a lady's gold and diamond ring with 16-18 diamonds arranged in a diamond pattern.
$2,000 for the recovery of a blue and gray Dell 8600 Inspiron Laptop.
$2,000 for the recovery of a gold chain with a pendent depicting a front-left side view of a motorcoach with diamond headlights.
$2,000 for the recovery of financial documents, deeds, vehicle titles, insurance policies, diplomas, birth certificates, wills and seven ATF Class III weapons permits with an NFA tax stamp.
"Linda and I truly believe everything we have, own or possess is a gift from the Lord," Kincaid said. "We believe no one should steal another's blessings and get away with it."
Schwab said she fears people with information about the burglary are not willing to come forward for fear of retaliation from the offenders.
"If these people get away with this, they are going to do something to someone else," Kincaid said. "We hope these rewards spare others from experiencing the pain and insult of being robbed and having your entire house vandalized."