Shocking twist in Texas 'she-cave' heist as disappointed burglar
contacts local paper to complain that $1M in jewels and designer goods
stolen from a socialite are FAKE
- Houston Press was contacted by the alleged burglar saying that Theresa Roemer's stolen valuables were actually worthless
newspaper received a package containing 10-15 items from socialite's
collection, including a locket allegedly containing her dead son's hair
Roemer was contacted last week by the burglar, who demanded $500,000
for her items - and for the thief's silence about their true value
say what appears to be a professional thief spent 40 minutes removing
items from Theresa Roemer's massive closet August 2
- Surveillance footage recorded a small
man dressed entirely in white and wearing gloves in the house
- Roemer and her husband were away from home at dinner only 90 minutes
The dramatic heist of nearly $1million
in designer bags, jewelry and furs from the 3,000-square-foot closet of
a suburban Houston socialite has taken a strange media twist possibly
involving a failed ransom plot.
person claiming to be the housebreaker sent several of the stolen items
to a weekly newspaper, claiming that they were fake and therefore
were stolen August 2 from a closet in the palatial home of Theresa
Roemer, who uses the room dubbed in the media the ‘she-cave’ for charity
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Ransom plot: The bracelet and watch were among
some 10-15 valuables stolen earlier this month from the home of Theresa
Roemer arrived in the offices of a Houston paper after the socialite had
refused to pay $500,000 to buy back her possession from the burglar
Personal memento: The loot included this silver
heart-shaped locket with a lock of light-brown hair inside belonging to
Roemer's deceased son
Shakedown: The burglar allegedly asked Roemer to
pay him $500,000 to stop him from revealing to the media that her
valuables were worthless, but the former Miss Texas refused
The alleged burglar also spoke to a reporter with the Houston Press through a voice modulator, making it difficult to tell whether the person is a man or a woman.
The suspect called from a disposable cell phone with a New York City area code and claimed he or she was not in Texas.
Malisow, the Houston Press reporter, said he first talked to the
suspect Tuesday and later received a large brown envelope covered with
stamps filled with about 10 to 15 items of jewelry and a man's watch.
loot also included a silver heart-shaped locket with a lock of
light-brown hair inside. Ms Roemer had previously told the press that
the burglar got away with a necklace containing a strand of hair
belonging to her 19-year-old son, Michael, who was killed in a car crash
‘It was kind of
odd,’ Malisow said, of his conversations with the purported burglar.
‘It sounded like he felt like he was wronged - because when he went to
go fence this stuff, he was allegedly told this was fake ... it kind of
felt like he was the victim here.’
to the Houston Press, the burglar had requested more than $500,000 from
Roemer to return the stolen items and not tell reporters that they were
allegedly cheap knockoffs.
Police have released security camera footage showing the thief who
robbed former Mrs. Texas United America of nearly $1 million in jewelry,
bags, and valuables from her luxurious 'she cave'
Surveillance footage recorded a small man dressed entirely in white and
wearing gloves in the house, taking four trips to move all the goods
‘The deal never went through. I'm following through with my threat,’ the alleged thief said on the call recorded by the paper.
Roemer confirmed to the Houston Chronicle the suspected burglar contacted her August 6, demanding half a million dollars.
‘He tried to hold me ransom for my stuff,’ she said.
first Roemer thought she was the target of a cruel joke, so as a test
she asked the called to send her a photo of her $80,000 raw emerald and
diamond ring resting on the front page of the day’s newspaper.
Houston Press reporter Craig Malisow spoke to
the suspected thief, who called from a disposable cell phone and used a
The alleged thief complied with her request, which left the woman ‘freaked out.’
and authorities believe recent TV and magazine publicity about her
three-story dream storeroom filled with treasures attracted the burglar
to her mansion in The Woodlands.
surveillance video of the burglary, an intruder, wearing a jump suit
and a hoodie, broke in through a bathroom window. The video shows he
made four trips over 40 minutes, filling designer Luggage with loot.
Roemer said she believed that because of the media's coverage, the burglar was unable to pawn the items.
‘He never anticipated my [burglary] going viral - but because the closet went viral, the burglary went viral,’ she said.
The glamorous socialite disputed the
burglar’s claim that her possessions were fake, but conceded that not
all the items in her collection ‘is a million-dollar design.’
like any person's closet. You mix and match. In my closet, I have a
Donna Karan dress next to one from the Gap,’ Roemer told the Chronicle.
Over the last week Roemer received ‘numerous’ calls from the alleged burglar.
‘This person is just bound and determined to just keep bothering me,’ the blonde former Miss Texas said.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office investigators have retrieved the items sent to the newspaper.
‘We're trying to identify whoever sent these items in,’ said sheriff's office Lt. Brady Fitzgerald.
Roemer said she and her husband were only gone 90 minutes for dinner at
a country club just two blocks away, but came home to broken glass and
empty shelves. The robbery bears all the markings of being perpetrated
by a professional thief.
the video footage, released last Tuesday by police, the burglar is seen
wearing a light-colored, hooded jump suit with a baseball cap which
helps him blend into the background as he expertly picks through items
in Roemer's astonishing three-story, 3,000-square-foot closet.
Deputies have determined that the intruder forced his way into the Roemers' home through a bathroom window.
Surveillance footage recorded a small
man dressed entirely in white and wearing gloves in the house, taking
four trips to move all the goods outside.
The burglary occurred between 7pm and
11pm on a Friday and the suspect spent almost an hour inside, carrying items back outside. Police
have released the video in an attempt to generate leads about the
theft, which happened less than two weeks after Roemer's closet had been
featured on Good Morning America.
Roemer told the Houston Chronicle that the video was shot with an infrared camera, because the intruder worked in the dark and never turned on the light.
'That's why it is so unclear and we can't tell the exact color of his clothing,' she said.
has admitted that she and her husband failed to turn on their home's
security system before heading out to dinner on August 2. She also
didn't lock the glass door to her prized 'she-cave'.
don't think anybody can go through life without doing something
careless when they're flustered and hurried before leaving,' she told
now I lock all my doors and have lights on, inside and out. The alarm
is set, and I'm having more lights and cameras installed.'
'They took everything,' Roemer said. 'They took all my jewelry, all
my watch collections, my husband’s watch collections, my Birkin
collection. They literally walked out with between $800,000 and a
million dollars’ worth of stuff.'
most expensive items taken included 10 Rolex watches, up to a dozen
Chanel watches, Cartier watches, and other expensive baubles and
'I feel violated… raped,' she said. 'To watch someone on film
take everything out of your house that means much to you – it’s just
She may have been targeted due to the recent media attention on her 3,000sq ft closet, called her 'she-cave.'
Roemer, a former Miss Texas United America, enlisted designer Thom
Anderson to add the luxurious three-story space to her Woodlands, Texas,
home, which houses her handbags, shoes and other accoutrements. It cost
roughly $500,000 to build.
started years ago when I had a closet party and all the girls came over
and they said, "I just wish it was bigger,"' she told the Houston Chronicle, adding: 'Since then it's just been getting bigger and bigger and bigger, it's like a ''she cave.''
third floor houses all my furs and big hats, you come down the spiral
staircase to the second floor which is where I get my hair and make up
done, it also houses all the shoes from Louis Vuitton and Gucci, to my tennis and work out gear,' she said.
you come down a floating staircase, which is just magical, and the
first floor is where you pick out your jewelry and bags,' she continued,
noting that it typically takes her 45 minutes to get ready.
In fact, the closet even features a champagne bar - perfect for hosting events to benefit charitable causes.
'Yes, it’s full of amazing things,' Mrs Roemer she had told Houston’s KHOU, 'but this closet was built and intended for fundraising.'
has used the hot-ticket space to raise money for causes such as the
American Heart Foundation and Texas Children's Hospital.
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