NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – An elderly couple returned to their Niagara Falls home and found almost everything gone, even their washer and dryer. George and Margaret Langevin told News 4 what will be hardest to live without are the family heirlooms and furniture they bought when they were first married.
The couple’s daughter, Cheryl Volpe, says her parents bought their home shortly after their wedding day 60 years ago and is full of many, many memories.
George and Margaret spend six months of the year in Baltimore. When they returned home Monday from vacation, they found rooms nearly empty. Cheryl said Margaret, 83, is meticulous when it comes to cleaning, but when she walked inside her home Monday it was ransacked and there were items thrown everywhere.
“My first response was a colorful metaphor and then I called 911,” Cheryl said when describing what happened when they discovered what had happened. “All of her appliances, all of her furniture was missing.”
“Because of where some of these things were hidden, they had to be in here a long time,” Cheryl’s husband Hank said.
The stress of the burglary took a toll on Margaret’s health. “Currently she’s in the hospital because she suffered a mini-stroke from the tension of what is happening here,” Cheryl explained.
There were no signs that the home had been broken into and the doors were locked when they came home. The only person who has a key besides her parents is the tenant upstairs, according to the daughter.
The couple hopes some of the items can be found and returned.
Niagara Falls Police have not returned News 4’s calls requesting a statement on the status of their investigation.