Dr. David Kauffman is the victim once again of a burglary. Over $11,000 in goods and cash were reported stolen from his Cherokee Village home Dec. 10.
Kauffman reported the theft of a Sentry safe, valued at $150, containing $8,000 in cash, according to Lt. Michael Baldwin of the Cherokee Village Police Department.
DVD movies valued at $200, a portable DVD player valued at $400, an $800 digital camera and a Dell laptop computer with a value estimated at $2,200 were also among the items reported stolen, Baldwin said.
The lieutenant said he processed the scene, but no fingerprints were recovered. He said the suspect either wore gloves or wiped the scene clean of evidence.
After Baldwin and Police Chief Scott Goodwin arrived at the scene Kauffman told the officers the suspect must have entered the residence between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. the day before the crime was reported because Kaufman told officers he didn't notice the theft that evening, Baldwin said.
Kaufman told officers he had left the front door unlocked for the cleaning lady to get in because he had to leave for work. But when Kauffman arrived home, he said, the door was locked and he found a note from the cleaning lady informing him she would call him, Baldwin said.
Kaufman called the cleaning lady and she told him she had locked the door, but she was unable to clean the house that morning, Baldwin said.
Baldwin said the investigation revealed no forced entry into the home.
The lieutenant said the thief left behind Bose stereo equipment, jewelry and other expensive items which were easily accessible.
Baldwin said there were no witnesses or close neighbors. "We are working hard to figure out what is going on. I have a couple leads and will follow through. We hope to make an arrest," he said.
It was the third theft Kauffman has reported in the past month. Kauffman reported his wife's 2003 BMW, valued at $51,000 and containing $4,800 in cash, was stolen Nov. 19. The vehicle was found burned near his home.
Kauffman told officers the car had been taken from his locked garage where he had left the vehicle with the car keys in the ignition along with the cash that was under the passenger front seat.
The vehicle was located about 600 yards from his residence about 20 feet off the roadway in some woods, but the vehicle was destroyed by fire.
Just eight days after Kauffman reported his wife's car had been stolen, his son, John Kauffman, 23, of Arlington, Texas, also reported his car had been broken into Nov. 27 and over $1,200 in cash was missing, according to Salem Police Chief Albert Roork.
Roork said this incident was reported after the younger Kauffman discovered his 1995 Nissan Maxima had been broken into at the Fulton County Hospital parking lot while he was visiting his father at work.
The suspects broke the passenger side rear door glass with a rock. Personal items of clothes and $1,280 in cash were taken, Roork said.
A hospital employee saw someone leave the parking lot in dark clothing between 9:10 and 9:30 p.m., Roork said.
The incident is under investigation. He said he doesn't know if the burglaries are connected.