MELBOURNE, Fla. -- While Marine Corps veteran Charlie Herring was hospitalized at the Orlando VA Medical Center, a burglar pried open his door and swiped his 55-inch television.

Now, Herring has a message for the unidentified thief — and it's posted right outside his mobile home to clear up any confusion:

"ATTENTION: Burglar. When you stole my TV you neglected to steal my computer and stereo please come back for them. Charlie Herring," his sign reads.

"I had 'em make the sign, cost me $67. But I thought it was worth it. I know that thief isn't going to be stupid enough to come back over here, but I was hoping," Herring said, sitting in his couch in his living room.

"See, I got my thumper right there," he said, gesturing at a wooden club hanging from a wall hook beneath his calendar.

Herring served in the Marine Corps from 1969-71. A lance corporal, he worked in communications cryptography at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

The 66-year-old used salty language to describe the break-in at his trailer, which was reported Jan. 18 in the Hollandale Mobile Home Community off Pineapple Avenue.

The suspect stole Herring's 55-inch Vizio television. He said he had purchased the TV about two months earlier for roughly $700.

The burglar also made off with a red toolbox containing miscellaneous tools valued at $200, according to a Melbourne Police Department report. Herring told police he had no idea who might want to break into his home or steal from him, the report states.

Investigators swabbed the front door for DNA evidence, but there are no leads in the case.

"This case is closed at this time as there is no suspect information," Lt. Cheryl Trainer said.

Herring is now renting a replacement television from Aaron's.

Marine Corps and "Semper Fidelis" stickers decorate the front window of Herring's mobile home, and faded Marines posters hang inside. He posted his warning sign about two weeks ago.

"Everybody that's seen it has gotten a kick out of it — other than the property manager."

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