Written by J. Patrick Eaken
July 10, 2009
A reward fund established in the case of an elderly Sandusky County couple who were beaten in their home has surpassed $5,000.
The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Department is offering a reward for information that leads to the conviction of those who broke into the State Route 600 home of James and Mary Kohler in the early morning of July 2.
James Consolo, a detective with the sheriff’s office, said at least two males broke into the Kohler’s home while they were sleeping and assaulted them.
The robbers tied the couple’s hands after beating them but Mr. Kohler was able to free himself.
Thirty-one firearms James Kohler had in a collection were stolen, Detective Consolo said.
The Kohlers, both in their 70s, were transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for treatment.
Pledges to the reward fund were still coming in as of last week, the detective said.
Anyone who wants to contribute to the fund should call (419) 307-0758 and leave their name and phone number.
Those with information about the crime should contact Detective Consolo at (419) 334-6472. If more than one person provides useful information, reward monies will be divided at the discretion of the sheriff’s department.
Matt Kohler last week said his parents were recovering from their injuries.
“On the night of the attack our family’s faith in humanity was badly shaken,” he said. “But in the ensuing days, the amount of prayers, generosity, and kindness we have received has been so uplifting to us as a family. This has all hastened the healing process.”