Woman speaks about thief who stole her great uncle's WWII wings

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jenny DeVallance spoke to Eyewitness News on Monday to make a passionate plea to the thief who took too much.

"You have no business having my uncle's wings. Just, if anything, bring those back. Keep the computer," said DaVallance.

The wings are like the wings she wears as a flight attendant for US Airways, but the stolen wings belonged to her uncle, Elvin Long, a World War II bombardier.

His plane went down in the South Pacific just a few months before the war ended.

"I need to have my uncle's wings back. They are so precious to this family," said DeVallance.

The wings were taken on Sunday when she left home to donate items to Goodwill.

"I was only gone for 10 or 15 minutes," said DeVallance.

But DeVallance said she didn't lock the door of the apartment on Lowell-Bethesda Road; she said it has always been a safe place.

When she returned, she discovered her laptop was gone, her jewelry drawer was open and pieces were missing.

DeVallance said she kept her uncle's wings in her jewelry drawer.

"And I thought, 'Oh my God,' and I looked, and my uncle -- my uncle Elvin's wings were gone," said DeVallance.

She said everything else missing can be replaced, but the wings are one-of-a-kind.

"Please give it back or find a place to put it and let me know where to pick it up," said DeVallance.

DeVallance said she still feels safe at home, but from now on, her doors will always be locked.