Caddo Parish man's home ransacked during hospital stay

Man's home burglarized while in ICU

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Someone burglarized a man's house while he was recuperating in a hospital intensive-care unit.

Jan Toothman, his caretaker, described the home as being ransacked.

"I guess the biggest thing is why and how somebody could come into someone else's home and cause this kind of destruction," said Toothman. "I mean I just don't get it."

Toothman has been taking care of the homeowner, whom we are keeping anonymous, for the past year. Toothman told KSLA News 12 she makes check-ups multiple times a week, which has brought the two together.

"He's like family to me now," said Toothman.

Toothman walked KSLA News 12 through the now unrecognizable home. She told us the homeowner has held onto valuable items passed down through his family, which she believes could have been a strong motive for the burglary.

You cannot see the ground under your feet inside the space, she added. Jan said she remains in a heart broken state of shock and disbelief.

Someone also stole the man's truck and tossed the belongings he had in the vehicle to the side of the road.

In an effort to restore his home, Golden Age Ministries is calling for volunteers to help clean up his property so he can attempt to return to a sense of normalcy.

The cleanup project is taking place Saturday, April 14, at 9 a.m.

"I think that if we could get a number of people over to clean up and organize it back so he can have a home to come home to and live in and function, I think that would be the best thing for him," said Toothman.

Click here to be connected with volunteer coordinators at Golden Age Ministries.

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