-- Texas millionaire Theresa Roemer made headlines when she showcased her lavish, three-story closet, and was in the news again shortly afterward when that closet was hit by a thief who struck while she was away and made off with about a $1 million in valuables including high-end handbags and jewelry.
Newly released video of the Friday burglary shows the intruder entering the 3,000 square foot closet as if on a shopping spree. The burglar can be seen heading directly for the designer handbags, carelessly tossing papers onto the floor. At one point, the burglar even climbs the shelves to get to the priciest items.
Roemer, a former beauty queen, said the stolen handbags were Birkin travel bags.
“There’s very few people that have them,” she said.
She said each of the three bags – from luxury designer Hermès – cost $60,000. Also swiped were 10 Rolex watches and between 10 and 12 Cartier watches, she said.
Roemer, an entrepreneur, was tearful as she described the incident in an interview.
“To watch someone on film take everything out of your house it means so much to you this is wrong … and then I couldn't even sleep because I was afraid he was coming back,” she said.
“A lot of that stuff I'll probably never see again, a lot of sentimental value,” she said.
Roemer gave “Good Morning America” a tour of her closet just weeks ago. In the segment, which aired on July 23, Roemer said the closet itself cost about $500,000 to build. It has a beauty station and champagne bar, and Roemer holds fundraisers inside the closet.
Investigators say the intruder used a glass cutter to cut a hole inside a bathroom window at the back of Roemer’s home while she and her husband were out having dinner at the neighborhood country club.
“We'll have to find out when we get the suspect information whether or not if it was from the television shows from the week that was what tipped off the individuals that committed this crime, or if it was an inside job,” said Lt. Brady Fitzgerald, of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office.
Fitzgerald said the home is located inside a gated community and individuals need a pass to get inside.
Roemer, who did not lock her closet before she left her house that night, is regretting that decision.
“I was like, 'I'm going to stay in the neighborhood,' so I was like, ‘Oh, I'm not going to lock the closet door, there's no reason. I'm just going two blocks away.’ I didn't set the alarm. We did lock the house,” she said.