SAUGUS, Mass. — Police are searching for whoever broke into a Saugus home and stole a man's WWII bayonet, which was a gift from his late brother-in-law.
The German artifact, which is over 70-years-old, comes from the invasion of Normandy and is of huge significance to its owner.
"He gave it to me a long time ago, 60 years ago," said the victim, who prefers to remain anonymous.
Along with the bayonet, police said the thieves also took the victim's wallet about a month ago when they broke into his home.
Now, police say they have photos of the person they believe did it after the suspect used the stolen credit cards at nearby businesses.
"He was in the invasion of Normandy," said the victim. "That's how he got the souvenir. He took that off a dead German while he was there. So it was tough. He didn't talk about it much or at all."
The victim says he only noticed his home was broken into the next morning, where his bayonet, credit cards and cash from his wallet were missing.
"I was angry that someone did that," said the victim. "I'm still angry about it. Someone breaking in like that."
Police are determined to find the suspect based on surveillance footage showing the burglar using the stolen credit cards.
The victim tells Boston 25 News other homes were broken into around the same time, just a few blocks away from his house.
"I'd try to grab him and wack him a few times," said the victim. "I was just angry about it."
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Saugus Police.
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