Surveillance video released of million-dollar closet heist

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - We're getting our first look at the burglar who broke into a three-story dream closet in The Woodlands packed with designer jewelry, purses, shoes and clothes. The story made national headlines after the crook was able to escape with more than $1 million in items.

If the burglar had any fear of getting caught in the act, you can't tell by looking at the video.

After breaking into Theresa Roemer's home in The Woodlands, the thief headed straight for her three-story, 3,000 square-foot closet of collectibles.

Surveillance video from cameras inside the closet show the crook covered from head to toe, wearing gloves to grab dozens of $80,000 purses. The burglar then used the handbags to carry out expensive watches and heirloom jewelry.

The intruder spent 40 minutes pilfering nearly $1 million in goods before finally fleeing.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office investigators released a second piece of video recorded hours before the burglary. It shows a man on a bicycle riding past the entrance to the Roemer's house while talking on a cell phone. The person stops, puts down his bike, then walks away, appearing to pick up something from the ground before riding off.

Deputies say they have identified the bicyclist and say he is not a suspect.

Detectives admit the surveillance video is grainy and a long shot for positive identifications, but they're hopeful.

"You never know, somebody that knows the person might be able to identify the person, also someone in the neighborhood may know," said Montgomery County Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald.

Montgomery County Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime. Call 800-392-STOP (7867).

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