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Silverhill veteran heartbroken after thief steals $70k, memento of late wife from home

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An Air Force veteran is heartbroken after he said a thief broke into his Silverhill home and stole part of his life savings, as well as a memento of his late wife.

Jim Cargill said his home was burglarized days before Christmas 2019.

"It's too bad that we've got people that are so willing to take what other people have worked hard for," said Cargill.

The 25-year Air Force veteran said the callous thief took his personal safe, containing around $70,000 in cash.

But the hardest part, Cargill said, was losing a cherished note from his wife who passed away two years ago.

"It said after I'm gone, I want you to travel. It had $10,000 she'd saved. That was in there, and that really ticks me off that it was taken," Cargill said.

Cargill reported the crime to Silverhill Police.

For a man who just had part of his life savings stolen, Cargill is trying to stay positive.

"I've got God in my life, and I've got a lot of serenity, so I'm not going to worry about it. But it's tough," said Cargill.

Two weeks ago, a spare bedroom attached to Cargill's garage went up in flames. It damaged his home and forced him into a local hotel.

Despite everything, Cargill isn't feeling sorry for himself.

"A lot of people say 'Why me?' I say, 'Why not me?' It just happened," Cargill said.

Cargill is just hoping the thief will be caught, or do the right thing and turn themselves in.

"It takes someone without a conscience. I'm powerless. I can't do anything about it, but I'll just wait and see," said Cargill.

Silverhill Police said they're still investigating.

Cargill said he hopes some of his money can be recovered, but he also hopes he can get his wife's note back.