Dying veteran's home targeted by thieves

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 12/16/2013 9:24 pm Published: 12/16/2013 4:49 pm

As a wounded war veteran lay in his deathbed someone broke into his home and stole nearly 100 guns.

Now the Rogers County Sheriff's Office is looking for information to catch the person responsible. They think the burglar knew the victim.

Otto Penner lived in his home along East 400 Road for several years and many people in the community knew he had amassed a large gun collection.

While Penner was sick, someone took advantage of that fact and broke inside the home.

"He didn't deserve this ... he really didn't," said Tami Hanes, Otto Penner's sister.

A month after his death, Otto Penner's sisters continue to grieve for their brother.

Otto Penner was a wounded Vietnam War veteran and 66 years old when died at the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City from complications after a stroke.

His death is not the only thing that pains Otto Penner's family.

"I don't know how he would have felt coming home from the hospital, had he lived, to this- to come home to this," said BJ Penner, Otto Penner's other sister.

Investigators say someone broke into his home, ransacked it, and stole nearly 100 guns and knives in Otto Penner's prized collection.

Family members found his home in shambles, doors left open; safes and closets where Otto Penner kept his guns were empty.

"You have no idea how devastating it is to be standing there looking at your brother who is on his death bed and at the same time getting a phone call saying that everything that he prized is gone," said Hanes.

The Rogers County sheriff and Otto Penner's family believe the burglar is someone who knew Otto Penner and knew of his collection.

But the family doesn't know what kind of person could take advantage of dying veteran in this way.

"They will do it again. This is what they do, that's just the kind of people they are. They will do it again," said Hanes.

The family is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person who broke into Otto Penner's home.

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