Thieves steal braille reader, piano from blind woman's home

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Police say thieves broke into a blind woman's West Ashley home sometime after December 2, and took her Braille reader and a piano.

The victim, Laurel Jean Walden was in Illinois when she got the phone call about the burglary.

"I was actually between doing two church services when I got the call," Walden said Tuesday.

"The thing that bothers me the most is there's somebody that's out there at this time of the season that's hurting and sick enough to do something like this."

The burglars broke out the back window of the master bedroom to get in the house and carried the items out the front door.

"I bring different drivers out here. Anybody watching would have probably said laurel's taking her stuff out again because it was just that slick," Walden said.

Walden wants to talk to the culprits when they are caught.

"I want to shake their hands. I want to take off these dark glasses, I want them to look at my eyes and I want to ask them what's bothering them so badly that they have to do something like this."

Walden said the thieves also took an amplifier, sound system and microphone she uses in her musical performances.

Police say they have no suspects identified and have checked area pawn shops for the stolen items, but haven't found them.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.  If you'd like to help Laurel replace what was taken from her, call the Charleston Association for the Blind at 723-6915.

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