While walking or driving down the street, you may see signs for lost cats or dogs and the homeless holding signs asking for help. A woman in Fresno, California is displaying a different kind of sign. She hung up a 5’x5’ cardboard sign that says, “My house was robbed 8/31 @ 3:30-4:30.” She included her phone number for anyone to call with information.
The sign is hanging on her gate for drivers, walkers and neighbors to see. The burglar victim hopes that someone may have seen the thieves or suspicious activity and call her with information.
Burglars hit her house twice in two days. The first day the thieves mostly made off with jewelry. The victim, Catherine Cormier, said, “I thought that was the end of it, and I found my TV at the front door, which is kind of odd. I thought they just didn’t have time, they were spooked or whatever and so I hooked it up again.”
The next afternoon Cormier left between 3:30 and 4:30. When she returned, she found that burglars had once again robbed her home. Her entire entertainment center was gone. The burglars stole three televisions, a DVD player, a computer and a sterling silver set all in less than an hour. Cormier also found a charred drape which makes her believe that the burglars tried to burn the house down to hide any evidence.
After the second burglary, Cormier pulled out the cardboard and black paint. She told reporters, “I figure burglaries are a dime a dozen and the sheriff’s department doesn’t have time to investigate thoroughly, so I thought maybe somebody saw something.”
So far, she has not received any tips or information, but the sign draws attention to her home so another burglar would have a hard time sneaking over the gate again.