CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This is what a ruined vacation looks like: a smashed rear door and a bedroom that has been ransacked.
"[We were] devastated because we thought we were in a very secure neighborhood," said the victims, who did not want to be identified.
He's 80 and she is 77. They live in Providence Plantation. Last week they loaded up the grandkids and went to Hawaii for his birthday. They returned Tuesday night.
"Bang! You look, and every drawer in our bedroom was pulled out, clothes thrown on the floor," he exclaimed.
His wife says that a lot of her jewelry is missing, including pieces from when the couple first married 60 years ago.
"I just felt like lying down and forgetting it really, but I know a lot of people that their homes have been broken into," she said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say that burglars go on the hunt this time of year. If you're going out of town they urge you to go to their website for tips on how to make your home less of a target.
The woman is thankful that her wedding band was not taken; it's was one small victory. She's hoping that investigators give her another and catch the thieves responsible.
"That's the way I feel about it, you need to answer for your deeds," she said.