Union Grove family hopes to recover precious treasures after burglars strike

Northeast Alabama
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UNION GROVE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Lynn McWhorter and his wife love having people over.

He says they're always willing to help others and share, but it's a little different when "they come and take stuff," he explains.

McWhorter tells WHNT News 19 his home was burglarized Monday afternoon, the door to their garage busted open even though it had been locked once.

"I felt this aura that something wasn't right," he said.

Inside, he and his wife found out the computer was stolen right off the desk. Also taken -- watches, his wife's jewelry, and his own wedding band snatched off his dresser. But he's most upset about his jewelry box, because inside it were things he can't have re-made.

"Every football game and NASCAR race I'd ever been to, I had those tickets in that jewelry box," he commented. "I have a sister who was killed 30 some years ago and we were supposed to be going to a race at Talladega and we had seats on the start/finish line. I got the call that morning that she's been killed in an accident. And we didn't get to use those tickets, they had never been ripped... That had sentimental value to me."

He's thankful his neighbors were able to capture a car coming down the driveway on their surveillance video, and he says that's who took it all.

"You're able to see and distinguish what kind of vehicle it is," he said. "I really think this video might be able to help solve some other burglaries and things I understand might have happened in our community."

In the meantime, he's hoping to track down his things and also, that the burglars get some help.

"They must be [having a tough time,]" he said, "or addicted to something, to go in and steal from me like that."

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