COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A Marietta couple is pleading for help recovering a family treasure stolen from their home.
Channel 2's Ashley Swann obtained a photo of the engagement ring passed down to the couple from a grandmother who received it more than
50 years ago.
They left it in a safe inside their home so it would be safe during their Thanksgiving travels. When they returned, the ring was gone, along with thousands in cash.
"You can't duplicate something that means so much," said Joey Micklos.
He and his fiancée, Alyssa Orenstein's October engagement was made all the sweeter when her grandmother offered to pass down the ring given to her by Orenstein's grandfather who died in 1999.
"It was given to him to give to me to keep it in the family and to have a piece of him with me at all times," she told Swann.
But Orenstein feared she may lose the ring while fishing in South Carolina over Thanksgiving, so the couple decided to leave it locked in a safe hidden in their closet.
Never did they dream they would return to find it, along with thousands in savings gone.
"It's sickening. It truly is just sickening," said Micklos.
The couple says someone broke in through a back window and ransacked their room, helping themselves to the family heirloom, along with two handguns, their iPads and money Micklos had saved from his landscaping business to get through the winter and pay for their wedding.
The couple says they will get over losing their possessions and even the cash, but can never replace the ring. They're pleading for the public, or even the person who took the ring,
to help get it back to them.
"I don't want any of the money back. I don't care. I just want the ring. It would be a dream come true to have it just dropped off in the mailbox," said Orenstein.
Police investigated the break-in but weren't able to recover any fingerprints. The couple is searching area pawn shops, hoping the ring will turn up.