Crime victim begs for answers as anniversary of burglary, arson approaches

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT)-For almost a year, he's waited on answers. Now a Versailles homeowner, who's home was broken into and then set of fire, is begging for answers.

"Well, it's really terrible. A nightmare," Oscar Newby, the homeowner, commented as he led WKYT-TV crews through his burned home.

Newby still can't beleive his eyes after someone burglarized his Sellers
Mill Road home on April 12th of last year and then set it on fire trying to cover up any evidence. He's been working closely with investigators ever since.

"They set a fire in here, set a fire in the kitchen and fire in the bedroom," he explained while pointing in the directions where each fire was set.

Fire crews called police as they were putting the fire out noticing a tv had been removed from the wall and other items looked to be gone. In all, thousands in electronics, tools and guns were stolen.

"It makes me sick to my stomach that someone could do this."

Newby and his wife were in Florida at the time of the crime, visiting his ailing mother-in-law.

Newby has lived on the property since he was four years old. He and his wife of forty-five years raised their two children there. They say in a matter of minutes, someone destroyed not only heir home, but their lives.

"I thought I'd die here on this property. You know? That's what I thought."

Newby put the home on the property in 1988 and says estimates to fix the damage are nearly 60-thousand dollars. With the insurance company only offering up about 44-thousand, and surviving on a fixed income, he says he now faces bankruptcy or foreclosure. In addition to the financial difficulty, he says he and his family think of the person or people responsible daily.

"My wife doesn't feel safe nowhere anymore. If they did it to me, thy will do it to somebody lose. Sooner or later. Next time, they maybe kill somebody."

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. Call 859-253-2020. It is a free call and it is anonymous.

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