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Thieves steal much from Kansas City couple, including deceased father’s coin collection

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City couple is heartbroken, saying thieves broke into their home near 81st Street and Blue Ridge Parkway.

They said it’s not their pricey electronics they’re hoping to get back, but rather something that might not be of any value to the thief. What the couple wants to get back is a precious keepsake that chronicles the life of a loved one who has passed away.

Monday morning started out pretty normal for Amber Carlile and her wife Eva, but it didn’t end that way.

"Did our usual routine. Came home, I got home probably about 4:15 and realized pretty quickly that the TV was missing,” said Carlile.

She said it wasn’t long before she realized they’d been robbed.

“There’s quite a bit of damage to my door frame. Pried it open. It’s like cracked pretty good,” said Carlile. In addition to the missing TV, she said thieves took a couple of gaming systems and some cash. However, what really upset the ladies is to have discovered what they kept locked away inside a fire safe is also missing.

"They actually just grabbed the entire safe and took off with the whole thing,” said Carlile.

Inside the safe, Carlile said was a coin collection that once belonged to her father-in-law. She doesn’t know the monetary value, and said the coins aren’t rare.

"He collected foreign currency for his daughters when he was away overseas serving in the military. It’s just a sentimental thing. It’s like one of the few pieces of him we kept,” said Carlile.

The timing of the break-in could not have been worse. Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Carlile’s father-in-law.

Despite all that was taken, the coin collection is the only thing Carlile is pleading with the thief to bring back.

“I don’t really care about the rest of the stuff. I just would really like to have that back. If it showed up no questions asked, I will be grateful and pick up, move on,” said Carlile.

She said that fire safe also contained birth certificates and the couple’s passports.

If you know anything about the break in call police or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.