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Large collection of Filipino swords stolen from chaplain's home

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Jose Albovias Jose Albovias
Jon Fischer Jon Fischer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – For more than a decade a Louisville chaplain has collected ancient swords and daggers, but he recently came home and discovered his house burglarized and his special collection was gone. 

Most of these weapons are 100 to 300 years old. Besides the swords, the thief only got a way with a couple gold rings which is making police wonder if they knew what they were looking for.

"I felt sick, anxious, slightly depressed, and with a feeling of 'Oh crap'," said Jose Albovias.

Those are the emotions Albovias first experienced when he realized somebody had forced their way into his Hikes Point home near Bardstown Road and Breckenridge Lane, but it wasn't just the break-in that made him so upset, it's what they went after. "This has been a 15 year labor of love you can say," he explained.

His long time collection of Filipino swords was taken. Police said the thief got away with 12, worth about $20,000.

"Every single piece is unique, no two are the same," said Albovias. 

Albovias first started collecting the weapons to learn more about his ethnic background.

"These are historically pieces and that's what really got me interested is the history behind him," said Albovias. 

Louisville Metro Police Detective Jon Fischer said he's focusing on pawn shops to see if any of these turn up.

"Not only are these weapons, but these are pieces of art and history that we are trying to locate and get back," said Fischer. 

Police said there have been no other reported burglaries in Albovias' neighborhood, which leads them to wonder if the suspect knew about the collection. 

"When you are dealing with something such as art and history like this, it is pretty specific," said Fischer. 

Albovias, a chaplain for St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, can't imagine who would target him. "I really don't know," said Albovias. 

What police do know is that with the public's help, they can get these prized possessions back to where they belong.

"I would beg and hope that anybody that has these out here would bring them back to me, so I can continue to do the research," said Albovias. 

If you have any information in the case you are asked to call the Louisville Metro police anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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