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HARKER HEIGHTS (December 25, 2013) The holidays were off to a rough start for Harker Heights resident Alice McCuiston after she found her home broken into on Christmas Eve, and thousands of dollars in property stolen.
Police were called to a reported robbery just before noon in the 200 block of Spanish Oaks Drive near the Stonetree golf course. The home owner said she was at work when the alleged robbery took place.
McCuiston said her granddaughter, who lived next door, heard the dogs barking and saw them wondering around outside the home Tuesday morning.
She said her granddaughter was concerned, and when she went to check on the home found the door wide open, and the front room in disarray
She called 911.
The incident left McCuiston very upset.
"I think they must be very cowardly if they can monitor," said McCuiston.
"Because I'm home almost all the time and somehow if they monitored just those four hours that I go over and work and bag groceries...then just come on back when I'm home."
Thieves stole two television sets, an Ipad, money, and other items that were very important, she said.
"I had my mother's ring that was probably 30 years old, some emerald rings, lady bug bracelet, but this was all dumped out and they left my junk jewelry and took my good jewelry," she said.
"I had Christmas cards for my grandchildren with money in it and they took that. My husband who passed away in March there was just memorabilia stuff, knives that they took."
McCuiston said her drawers and closets were left open, bed mattresses flipped over, and several Christmas packages for friends were also unwrapped.
"The bed was covered with packages and what they had done they opened three or four of them and found that it was just pajamas stuff that they weren't interested in so they just left it."
She made a plea to those responsible to do the right thing especially since it's the holidays.
"Get a job don't prey on old people that are on fixed incomes," she said.
"They need to go out and get a job, period, and buy their own items. Take the stuff into the police department and give it back and then turn around and do something good for the community. You can't live like that."
Police are investigating, and have since increased patrol in the neighborhood.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.