Burglars steal from a local veteran

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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - Don Nichols is a retried air force master sergeant who's served our country in World War II, the Korean war and Vietnam.

"I love this country, I love this flag, I took an oath to protect it," Don Nichols said.

Nichols says just about everyone in town knows him, so when he realized burglars stole from his antique store he was angry.

"You scum bags, you're the scum of the earth," he said.

"I was just exceptionally angered sad, I just couldn't believe that somebody would do something to someone like Don who has done so much for our community," Granddaughter Lauren Ray said.

Police are now working leads.

"When this place was broke into the door was shut behind them when they left," Officer Thomas Hankins said, "so everybody was unaware that any entry had been gained here."

Some of the stolen items include a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle, antique lighters, a $1500 coin collection, knives and two bayonets.

Nichols says the rifle was going to be auctioned off and the money would go to the American Legion.

He says he'll miss his coin collection that took over 10 years to create the most.

Officer Hankins says all the money from the store is given to the American Legion to help local veterans in need.

"He's a good man and for someone to do this to him, let alone other veterans in the American Legion it's very aggravating," Hankins said.

"It hurts, it hurts," Nichols said.

Nichols is offering a reward to anyone with information, but asks that you first call Tishomingo police.