Meridian Resident Reports Life Savings Stolen

Meridian police are working a reported theft in which an 82-year-old resident lost his entire life savings.

82-year-old Clovis Hemphill, a World War II veteran, said just before 11 a.m. Thursday, two women stole valuables from his house on 15th Street.

According to Hemphill, one of the women came to his front door claiming to be from a local hospital. At the time he says she gave him a basket of fruit.

Hemphill said another woman called out 'it's time to go' from a car parked on the street, and the woman who brought the fruit left quickly.

Hemphill said he discovered his missing items after going back inside the house.

"And I looked at my little old safety box and it was gone. Then, I got real upset and I hadn't even missed my rifles being gone," said Hemphill. "All of my pennies being gone. All of my watches being gone and nothing else at the time. All I missed was my money gone."

Hemphill says he believes the second woman involved broke into the house through his back door.

He says the two stole his entire life savings, all of his bank statements, checkbooks, insurance and social security information, a rifle and a veterans watch that he had never worn.

The only available description of the two suspects is that they were both black females.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to please contact Meridian police at 601-485-1893 or Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.


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