A distraught homeowner is appealing to the public for help after an intruder made off with a big haul, while her husband was working nearby.
“You're scared. You're angry. It’s devastating,” said Simran Noon.
Just before 2 p.m. on November 29, a man was seen on surveillance video going back and forth on Massachusetts Street in University Heights.
“He's casing our property. He’s checking every gate and every entry point looking for a way to get in,” said Noon.
Noon says the intruder ultimately chose the side of the house to get in. Two footprints were found in the dirt, and she pointed out the broken branches, where he scaled a wall.
Once inside, the man grabbed a bag hanging on the inside of the gate - a bag that had just been dropped off by the dry cleaner.
“As he was carrying dry cleaning, he was walking around the back of the house,” said Noon. “As he came around, he passed my husband, who was in his office separate from the house. My husband saw him out of the corner of his eye but thought he was the gardener moving the dry cleaning."
Noon believes the man then made a beeline for her bedroom, where he pried open a locked cabinet and grabbed dozens of pieces of jewelry, some pricey and many sentimental.
“Those are things that are irreplaceable,” said Noon, choking back tears.
They include a watch belonging to her father, who passed away from cancer 10 years ago.
“There was another watch, my grandmother's watch, which her father gave to her,” said Noon.
Noon says the financial loss was more than $50,000.
“They didn't just take my jewelry. They took our security, the sanctity of our home,” said Noon.
Surveillance video shows the man climbing over a 6-foot wall before getting away. Then, according to police, he got into a nearby car and drove off. Detectives say they have traced that car and are working on several leads.
If you have any information on the case, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-580-8477.