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Homeowners awaken to burglar rummaging through house

HOUSTON – A burglar broke into a home in the 5000 block of Jackwood Street near Meyerland while the owners were asleep inside.

Wanda Locke and her husband said they heard a loud noise around 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

“I thought a wild animal or something had gotten in the house,” Wanda Locke said.

She got up to investigate and found a man in her kitchen.

“I yelled, ‘What in the hell is going on in there?’” said Wanda. “All I could say was, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’”

The intruder had climbed through a kitchen window. He unplugged two TVs and was attempting to steal them but Wanda interrupted him.

He climbed out the same window he had come in and took the keys to Wanda’s SUV on his way out.

“His buddy was in the garage while he was in the house,” she told KPRC.

The men got away with her Toytoa Highlander but it was recovered later that day by the police. They dusted it, and areas of Wanda’s kitchen, for fingerprints.

We thought all of our windows were locked,” Wanda said. “So we are upset with ourselves, that somehow the window was unlocked.”

She and her husband said they learned a valuable lesson from this break-in and hope others do, too.

“Check your windows and lock your garage door. We thought we were being careful and we weren’t,” she said.