RICHMOND -- A man and woman arrested last week may have ties to a burglary last year during which memorabilia from World War II and the Civil War was stolen, police said Tuesday.

Eric Nolan, 35, and Rikki Raxter, 24, were arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing stolen property and identity theft after police doing a probation search found paperwork and other items linked to the burglary of a home in the 600 block of Kern Avenue on Dec. 14, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The house belonged to an elderly woman once married to a deceased World War II veteran, and among the items missing were an Army uniform decorated with medals from the war and a Civil War coin collection. Those items have not yet been recovered, police said.

The woman has since moved to a care facility, but a caregiver who worked at the home while the woman still lived there had noticed credit card applications as well as other financial information that had been mailed to the address in Nolan's name, Abetkov said.

Police are still trying to determine whether they have enough evidence to arrest Nolan and Raxter on suspicion of the burglary.

"It's really a heart-tugging deal, especially when you consider what was lost," Abetkov said.

An American flag belonging to the man for his service during the war also was stolen in the December burglary, as was a flat-screen TV and jewelry, Abetkov said. A notebook that contained passwords to the woman's online financial information was taken from an outside table.


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"People need to know that they have to be extremely careful with that stuff," Abetkov said. "They shouldn't put anything with personal information in it outside where someone might have access to it."

Anyone with information on the burglary or where the missing items might be is urged to contact Richmond police at 510-233-1214.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.