Up to $1 Million Jewelry, Purse Collection Loss from Texas Philanthropist Theresa Roemer’s 3-Level Closet


A masked burglar made away with roughly $1 million worth of purses and jewelry after breaking into Theresa Roemer’s home. She says the thief knew exactly what they were doing as her 3-story closet that’s been in the news was the target.

Montgomery County Sheriff responded to an extraordinary burglary call Friday night, August 1, 2014 when Theresa Roemer and her husband returned from a quick dinner at their Country Club — the Club at Carlton Woods.

The Roemers were away from their home in Carlton Woods in The Woodlands for about 90 minutes, but did not turn on their security system because they thought “they were only going a short distance.” They locked the external doors to the house, but Theresa Roemer did not lock the internal doors to the three-level closet.

An offender or offender took jewelry and part or all of her watch collections, part or all of her husband’s watch collections, and Birkin collection (purses), nostalgic personal items, and other items. The total value of items taken is believed to be between $800,000 and $1 million.

Offender(s) took only the highest priced items, including 10 Rolex watches, 10 to 12 Chanel watches, and Cartier watches.

The South Montgomery County home of a former Mrs. Texas United America was burglarized Friday night. The thief took between $800,000 and $1 million in jewelry, bags, and other valuables, along with Theresa Roemer’s peace of mind, as well as sentimental items money can never replace.

Theresa Roemer reported to the Montgomery Police Reporter that surveillance camera — apparently targeting the closet area — shows that “they were in here” approximately 40 minutes while taking about four trips to remove the items. Roemer said the offender(s) were totally covered up and used a glass cutter. The Roemer’s residence has 16 security cameras facing inside and outside.

Theresa Roemer told police she saw an unfamiliar Hispanic man in his late teens outside her gate earlier, but assumed he lived in the neighborhood.

The Roemer’s live in a guard-gated community in The Woodlands, where visitors must show an ID and have their vehicle photographed before entering, with confirmation they are expected by a resident.

While investigating the burglary, Montgomery County Sheriff Office deputies determined entry was gained by forcible entry — a simple break of a bathroom window. Security experts speculate that the offender(s) cautiously assumed that the burglary intrusion alarm was off as soon as the window was broken and they entered the residence. Smart burglars will either hit and run within minutes before police have a chance to respond to an activated alarm, or will stay onsite for a prolonged period if strategically placed lookouts are watching for police response into the neighborhood.

Homes in The Woodlands, Texas range in price from $800,000 to $14 million, according to a page one view of search results on ZipRealty.com.

Any citizen with information is urged to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP.

ABC VIDEO: Theresa Roemer’s Closet on Good Morning America described as a “she cave” mega-closet before the August 1, 2014 crime.

See also …

The Woodland Neighborhood Crime Watch Status Update on the Calton Woods Crime …

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