Cash stolen from family Bible in East Tennessee

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) -- A burglar who pried open the door of a house in rural East Tennessee house stole a small safe and while ransacking a bedroom also took $3,900 that was being saved in a family Bible.

Danny Pritchett said the safe taken from his home in McMinn County contained about $150 in old coins and private papers that he described as "just stuff you don't want to burn up if there is a fire."

McMinn County investigators could not be reached for comment about the daytime burglary while nobody was at home Tuesday.

Pritchett owns a small business and said he had intended to move the cash from the Bible to the safe.

Pritchett said the Bible was left to his wife by her mother and they are glad it was not stolen.


Information from: The Daily Post-Athenian,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Travis Location: Oak Ridge on Oct 9, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    Better yet, hide it inside the barrel of a gun. We all know criminals don't want anything to do with guns. Just ask Oak Ridge city council since they only disallow people with a HCP to carry a handgun in their parks.
  • by Lynn on Oct 9, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    This totally had to be an inside job. Someone knew other than the owners that there was cash in that Bible. The person may have been instructed on where to find it and if they did the job they would split the money. The owners need to think of who else knew that money was in there and go from there.
  • by Buford Location: Knoxville on Oct 9, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    He should have hid it in boxes of pseudophed. Nobody wants to be caught dead with that stuff.


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