COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Colorado Springs would like the help locating one or more suspects in the burglary of the home of a former member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
“It’s worth millions to me, but the actual value of the medal is not very much,” said World War II Veteran Frank Macon.
Police said On May 31 officers responded to a reported burglary in progress call in the 300 block of North Spruce Street.
“Upon arrival officers found that the front door to the residence had been forced open and that several items, including coins in old ammo cans and a laptop computer were stolen during the burglary,” police said in a statement.
Police said the burglary happened between 8 a.m. and noon while the resident was away.
Macon, 87, is a World War II veteran and former member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Macon’s Congressional Tuskegee Airmen Medal was also stolen.
“That’s my prized possession,” said Macon. “The actual value of the medal is not very much. It’s under $50, actually.”
“This medal holds great sentimental value to Mr. Macon and the Colorado Springs Police Department would like to see this medal returned to Mr. Macon,” police said. “The medal is extremely rare, is made of bronze, and depicts the airmen on the front, and three aircraft on the back.”
Macon has been in touch with the government about replacing the medal. It’s possible, but will likely take a long time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department.