THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Whoever broke into businesswoman Theresa Roemer's house in The Woodlands Friday night knew exactly what they were doing and exactly where to go.
After taking out the glass in a downstairs restroom by first using a glass cutter and then a patio umbrella to break it out, the thief headed straight for Roemer's three-story closet, which is loaded with millions in jewels, bags, furs, shoes and clothing.
The suspect took three Birkin travel bags worth $60,000 a piece and filled each of them up with jewelry. The burglar used a patio umbrella to break it out, the thief headed straight for Roemer's three-story closet, which is loaded with millions in jewels, bags, furs, shoes and clothing.
Roemer and her husband had gone out for a quick dinner about 9:30 p.m. She said she did not set the alarm or lock her closet.
"Normally, I keep this locked because this is my safe," she said pointing to the closet door. "If this would have been locked it would have been much harder to break because this is an inch-and-a-half thick."
One of her security cameras recorded the suspect, who was carefully covered head to toe in a jumpsuit, hoodie, mask and gloves.
Roemer said the thief was inside her Woodlands mansion for 40 minutes and Montgomery County authorities do not believe it was an inside job.
"They say it doesn't look like an inside job at all. They said it was very professional, like too professional," Roemer said. "The police said it could have been somebody that, like I said, saw all the publicity, Google Earthed it, figured it all out, flew in here, who knows?"
Roemer and her famously lavish closet have been in the news lately because she hosts charity events in it. The closet even has a champagne bar.
Roemer has helped raise millions for places like Texas Children's Hospital and Child Legacy International.
She said some of what was taken is irreplaceable.
"He took heirloom items that were passed to me from my husband's mother that has passed away," she said through tears. "I mean I don't care about all this crap. I really don't care about this crap. I care about the stuff that was passed to me."
Roemer said the feeling of violation victims have after having their belongings stolen, cuts across all income levels.
"No one deserves this. I don't care if you're wealthy. I don't care if you're poor. Your personal belongings are your personal belongings," she said.
Authorities have no suspects yet.