Police Investigating After Home Robbed Twice And Set On Fire

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

An Eastern Kentucky man's home is broken into two nights in a row but it didn't stop there.

Kentucky State Police say the Breathitt County home was broken into Wednesday night then again Thursday night only the second time, the thieves decided to set the house on fire.

Elmer Smith came home to Breathitt County Wednesday night after long day's work building homes to find his home own had been broken into.

"At the time, I got to looking and notices I had several guns missing," Smith said.

Smith says the thieves also stole several expensive tools, then returned Thursday night and stole his big screen television and several other items.

"They've had to be watching, they know exactly when I leave, when I come home," Smith said.

Smith says they set fire to his couch destroying most of the items in the home including items that remind him of his late wife.

"It hurts deep because I lost my wife 16 months ago in a car wreck and I mean everything that me and her had together, is gone," he said.

Smith says his safe was taken which contained his wife's death certificate and many photos of them, pictures of their kids and grandkids were all lost in the fire.

Kentucky State Police are investigating.

"The information has been passed along to the arson investigator," said Trooper Randall Riley with the Kentucky State Police.

Smith says he is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can help police arrest and convict those who broke in as well as help Smith get his stuff back. State police ask that you call 1-800-222-5555 with any information.

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