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Man Loses More Than $100,000 in Burglary

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. - A West Tennessee man is missing more than $100,000 in cash and personal belongings after thieves burglarize his home.

"It's just a state of shock, just devastation," homeowner Harvey Durham said.

Investigators said Durham left for a hunting trip on October 19. When he returned on October 26, his gun safe had been cut open and tens of thousands of dollars were stolen.

"This is the largest amount that I have ever seen, and I've been with the city of Adamsville for 20 years," Adamsville Police Chief Jerry Christopher said.

"It's just incredible to even think or imagine that they could get through with what they did," Durham said. "They had a battery powered skill saw, a sawzall, and a drill. They used my own stuff to get into my safe."

The alleged thieves also nabbed Durham's television, prescription medicine, bear skin rug, and other personal belongings. Some guns were stolen from inside the home, but not from the safe that was in the garage.

"They never got the safe open enough to get the guns," Durham said. "When they saw they hit the lottery, they obviously got out of there while the getting was good."

Durham said he never could have imagined thieves breaking into his home, and much less his gun safe. But now that they have, he is taking extra safety precautions to make sure this can never happen again.

"Guard yourselves against this," Durham said. "Bolt your safes down. If you have two, bolt them together. Get them in a corner and put in surveillance. When they (criminals) see that, they're going to run."

If you have any information that can help in this case, call the McNairy County Sheriff's Department or the Adamsville Police Department.