TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) - Max Todd and his wife live in Tuscumbia. They're snowbirds who spend winters in Florida. This year, they decided to leave their house with a house sitter.
"We had a young man that we checked out and determined he would probably be appropriate person to house sit for us while we were gone," said Todd.
It was a costly decision for the Todds.
"While we were gone, I had a merchant call me and said that this person was trying to pawn a 70-inch TV set," said Todd.
The call didn't surprise Max. He'd already gotten a call about items missing from his back yard. The couple cut their trip short and head back to Alabama unannounced.
"We arrived late on a Sunday night. The doors were open. The security system was off and deactivated. And the house was totally ransacked," said Todd.
They're missing jewelry and a unqiue telescope the Todds hold dear to their heart. The police department estimate fourteen thousand dollars worth of items stolen from the house.
"'I have a celestrone eight inch reflector telescope. This is a research grade device. My wife and I got it before we were married. She was actually the mechanic that put it together. I've done a lot of photography with it," said Todd.
Tuscumbia police chief, Tony Logan, says the people responsible face serious charges.
'We have several theft charges. I`m sure the telescope in itself is going to push it over into a felony charges on the theft," says Logan.
If you have any information about the stolen items you're urged to contact Tuscumbia Police Department.