Guns, Grenade Launcher Stolen From Local VFW

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    Thieves broke into a VFW Post in Philadelphia and stole invaluable guns and historical items -- and this isn't the first time the post has been targeted. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez has the story. (Published Friday, Aug 29, 2014)

    A grenade launcher, mortar launcher and rifles from World War I were swiped from a local veterans organization in West Philadelphia Tuesday.

    Burglars entered the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on the 5200 block of Race Street Tuesday -- the one day each week the VFW is closed -- through a rear window, ransacked the place and then took off with about a dozen weapons, according to officials.

    "It was in total disarray," said Glenn Cuff, VFW quartermaster. "Our veterans, these people gave the government a blank check. 'You can take my life if necessary, I will defend this country.' And this is how you repay them."

    This is the second time in the past three months the post, which has operated out of the West Philly location since 1935, had problems with crime, Cuff said.

    The building was vandalized earlier this summer, he said.

    "That you would do this to veterans," he said. "That's what hurts."

    Police said they are analyzing fingerprints lifted from the crime scene.

    Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to contact police.