Burglars steal boy's medicine

September 17, 2010 3:08:45 PM PDT
Police are looking for the burglars who broke into a home on Long Island, cleaned out the place and perhaps the most crucial item they took was medicine for an eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis.

"I'm scared of going to sleep because I don't want him coming back in when I'm sleeping," Eric Antos said.

For young Eric, it's bad enough knowing a stranger ransacked his family's home.

But for Eric's mom, Stacey, the knowledge of what was taken makes the fear so much worse.

"If the guy is that desperate that he's got to steal, steal money, jewelry whatever. Keep that. Just give me my son's medication. That's what he needs to sustain his life," she said.

Two days ago, she documented the aftermath on her phone. Burglars had entered the family's West Sayville house through an unlocked window, and helped themselves to whatever they wanted.

That included thousands of dollars worth of medicine that treats Eric's cystic fibrosis, an incurable and deadly disease of the lungs.

"You have to take their medication as well? It's really like, (shakes head) you know really (shakes head) sick," she said.

Unlike pain pills, Eric's doctor Joan DeCelie-Germana says the meds would be would be of no use to a drug addict looking for a fix.

For Eric, they can mean the difference between life and death.

"It's really important that he gets them as soon as possible. He really needs them," DeCelie-Germana.

Eric and his mom left the doctor's office with a month's supply of his drugs donated by North Shore Hospital. As police analyze fingerprints they lifted from the house, Stacey Antos tries to understand how anyone could be so heartless. "I would just like to walk up to him and ask him why. Doesn't he have a brother? Does he have a nephew? How would he feel if this happened to his mother? Cause this is the position that he put me in," she said. If you would like to help the Antos family:

Antos Family Fund
c/o Pyrate Brotherhood
PO Box 112
Sayville, NY 11782