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Man Loses $7,600 When Thief Swipes Pants

August 23, 2003

BRADSHAW, W.Va. (AP) _ Bascom Horn lost his pants _ and $7,600 _ as he slept.

Someone slipped into the 86-year-old man’s house through an unlocked door Wednesday and stole his pants and the cash he had stashed in a pocket.

``I took my britches off and put them on the chair when I went to bed last night,″ Horn said. ``They was there last night at 10 p.m., but when I woke up at 7 a.m., my britches were gone. I had $7,600 in there. They took my pocketbook and my operator’s license too.″

Horn’s house sits along the West Virginia-Virginia border, so he called both the West Virginia State Police and Buchanan County, Va., sheriff’s department.

A report by Buchanan County Deputy Steve Blankenship said Horn had apparently left a door unlocked so someone could come in and clean his house.

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