Elbert Wood, a 93 year old retired homeowner and Marine, started his morning with a trip to the doctor's office, not an easy task for a disabled World War Two veteran who's dependent on a walker.
"I barely drive myself," he said. "I don't look forward to going any place because it's kind of a chore." So after his medical procedure and a quick stop at a grocery store, Wood was ready to settle into his recliner and watch television.
Instead, he opened his front door to find spray painted graffiti on walls, windows, and furniture throughout his home. The vandals destroyed leather chairs, a grandfather clock, and even a pair of Christmas Nutcracker decorations.
"To walk into your house and see something like this, (I thought) who would do something like this," Wood said. "I don't think I have any enemies that would do something like this."
The vandals spared the Marine's framed service picture and war medals which is hangs on the living room wall, but they painted over a flat screen television that belonged Wood's wife of more than 50 years.
"She passed away on the second of this month," he said. Mrs. Wood had been staying at a nursing home.
The television, along with her purse, was returned to her husband after her death.Still shocked over the damage, the purple heart recipient started to walk through his house.
"I didn't know if somebody was still in the house," he said. " I went through the house trying to find out, but of course I need a walker and so I was going pretty slow and all."
While he called police, the vandals were already trying to strike again. An armed homeowner in a nearby neighborhood saw them, scared them off, and was able to describe them to police.
They're now in custody. "The people who did this? There was a thirteen year old and a sixteen year old so I understand," Wood said. "Maybe this was a holiday so they thought they'd do something different or something. I don't know. I've never even thought about getting into someone else's house." Wood says he doesn't know if the intruders took anything from his home.
He recently gave his guns to his oldest son and his late wife's jewelry to one of his daughters.