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Manteca couple wants their son's stolen Olympic medal back
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MANTECA - A couple's home is burglarized of $100,000 in valuables, but homeowners Max and Marlene Moses only want one item back - their son's Olympic silver medal.

"We feel terrible, because we were the guardians of his medal while he is performing in Italy," said Max Moses.

The couple's son, Merrill Moses, is the goalie for the U.S. Men's Water Polo team. His talents took him to the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China.

"It was so joyous, thrilling, and so out of control to be there, because the guys worked so hard," said Marlene. "It was great, because they weren't expected to win."

Merrill Moses and his team went on to win the silver medal. He entrusted it to his parents while he continued to tour and practice.

"We didn't keep it locked up, because so many people wanted to see it and touch it when they came over," said Marlene.

Two weeks ago, the couple vacationed in Jamaica to celebrate Merrill's engagement. During the trip, their Heartland Drive home was burglarized.

"Our computer equipment, fax machines, my jewelry collection, everything was taken," said Marlene.

Manteca Police believe the burglars would have taken more if a neighbor hadn't startled them.

"The only thing we're desperate to get back is our son's medal," said Marlene. "It has no value to anyone else, but it means everything to us," said Max.

Merrill's Olympic ring and watch were also taken in the burglary.

A $1,000 reward is offered through Crime Stoppers for information leading to the return of the medal. People can call 209-823-4636 and remain anonymous with their name substituted with a number to collect the reward.

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