'Everything to say who I was': 93-year-old war veteran robbed in Guelph
War documents, jewellery and money were all stolen from a World War II veteran’s home in the east end of Guelph, according to police.
Frank Taylor, 93, told CTV News he was cleaned out and the items are irreplaceable; items including documents from when he served in the Second World War
“It meant everything to me...what else have I got?” said Taylor.
“Everything to say who I was. I have nothing left now. They cleaned the whole works out.”
Taylor had left his home in the Speedvale Avenue East area for a couple of hours Friday morning, and realized he’d been robbed when he returned.
“Stuff scattered over my floor inside, and the safe was broken open, and everything was cleaned out of it,” he said.
“Everything I owned. My papers, my insurance, my discharge papers, my pay books. Gold coins, rings.”
Police say $1,000 cash was taken, as well as collectable coins, family jewellery and Taylor’s birth certificate.
“We don't have any information that it might be something related to Remembrance Day. It just makes it that much worse that it was a veteran that was picked on,” said Tim Griffitsh, Acting Staff Sgt. with the Guelph Police.
Police are asking for the public’s help in this case and are reminding people to be cautious, as the number of break-ins increase during the winter months.
“Whether vet or not vet we want to do everything we can for them, to help them either solve it or get their property back if we can,” said Griffitsh.