Couple offers reward after home burglarized
March 29, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.
A Victoria couple is offering up to a $15,000 reward for information related to the burglary of their home in the 2000 block of North Levi Street that occurred either the night of March 22 or early March 23.
James H. Kincaid and Linda K. Schwab said police encouraged them to offer the reward after sustaining a substantial loss, including cash, jewelry and documents.
"I know it's a dream thinking we'll get this back, but if there's any chance..." Kincaid said, fighting back tears.
The couple is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of persons responsible for the burglary and vandalism of their home, Kincaid said.
They're also offering $3,000 for the recovery of a men's gold Longines ultra-chronograph wrist watch, which Kincaid said was the first big purchase he made with his first paycheck from DuPont in 1968.
"These things had a lot of sentimental value," he said.
The couple is also offering the following rewards:
$3,000 for the recovery of a lady's gold and diamond necklace with a swirled chevron design surrounded by 52 diamonds.
$1,000 for the recovery of a lady's gold and diamond ring with 16-18 diamonds arranged in a diamond pattern.
$1,000 for the recovery of a blue and gray Dell 8600 Inspiron Laptop.
$1,000 for the recovery of a gold chain with a pendent depicting a front-left side view of a motorcoach with diamond headlights.
$1,000 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.
The latter were in a fire-proof safe that the burglars apparently put on a dolly to transport to the couple's vehicle, which was also stolen from the garage. The Mercury Grand Marquis has yet to be recovered, but the safe was found destroyed in the backyard of a home on the same block, Kincaid said.
The burglars also attempted to gain entry into the couple's gun safes using a propane torch, but were unsuccessful, Kincaid said.
The case is still under investigation, said Det. James Brewer at the Victoria Police Department.
"We do have leads that we are currently following up on. At this time, to protect the integrity of the case, we don't want to confirm or deny any suspects," Brewer said.