DENISON, TX - Denison police are telling residents to lock up their homes and cars after burglars stole thousands of dollars worth of items from a local woman's home.
The thieves stole a laptop, jewelry and several bottles of prescription medicine but what's so surprising is how and when the incident happened and how the homeowner was able to get a lead in the case.
Alex Sawyer describes her neighborhood as safe and quiet and a place you'll find children playing in the streets nearly every day after school. But last week that all changed.
"It was on a Thursday in the middle of the week during the day, there just happened to be nobody home and none of the neighbors were home and somebody thought it was a good time frame to come in and help themselves," said Sawyer.
In broad daylight, two burglars busted in her front door (which was locked) and ransacked the home. They threw clothes on the floor and cleared out shelves to find the most expensive valuables they could take.
"They took our TV, our computer, our jewelry," said Sawyer. "I have a jewelry box and they took the drawers out of a jewelry box and dumped them out."
But they didn't stop there. They went into the master bathroom and stole nearly every prescription drug including her daughter's asthma medicine.
Sawyer immediately called the police and then she took matters into her own hands.
"I just hit up every pawn shop that was in walking distance and found my computer which was the lead," said Sawyer.
She reported it to the police and in cases like this police talk to the pawn shop operators and put a hold on the stolen items.
"We look and see who bought it in and then we start backtracking to see if that's actually the person that took the property or how they wound up in possession of it," said Sawyer.
From there, police will put their findings from their investigation in a report and send it to the district attorney's office for review.
Meanwhile, Sawyer is urging everyone to be more cognizant of who comes in and out of their neighborhoods.
If you have any information on this burglary -- or any other criminal activity in the Denison area you're asked to call Denison police at 903-465-2422.