Burglars steal priceless WWII memorabilia

December 23, 2008 12:16:08 PM PST
Crooks targeting a home in the Spring Branch area got away with more than the usual items during a recent burglary.Crime Stoppers and investigators with the Houston Police Department are seeking the public's assistance with any information on a burglary in the Spring Branch area that occurred sometime between December 8 and December 15, 2008.

The homeowner was out of town during the week of December 8, 2008. When she returned home she discovered her house in the Spring Branch Estates area had been burglarized. The thieves got away not only with the usual electronics and jewelry but they also stole priceless World War II memorabilia that had just returned from display at the Anne Frank Center in New York and was on its way to be included in the new wing at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Guy Mayo Boyer, who died in 1997, left a legacy of priceless artifacts that he collected during his years in Central Europe and Germany during World War II. Staff Sgt. Boyer was with the 1266th Engineer Combat Battalion and his job was to secure bridges and make sure they were safe before soldiers crossed them. He was a collector who picked up anything he could find including pins, medals, flags, coins and armbands. Everything was packaged in 2 FedEx boxes with return labels from the Anne Frank Center in New York. Also in one of the boxes were his uniform and dog tags.

Crime Stoppers offers up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and charging of any suspect in this case. Callers are urged to call 713-222-TIPS with any information of submit a tip online at www.crime-stoppers.org. All tipsters remain anonymous.

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