An Apopka woman came home to find her house broken into.
“Really angry. I’m really angry right now because I did work hard for that stuff,” said homeowner Kathy Marsh.
Police said Marsh’s home was not the only one that was hit by thieves.
Footprints on the front door are just some of the clues left by the thieves. Marsh, who lives in Wekiva Park, opened the door and saw the damage.
“This is the damage when they left. They went through this way to my master bedroom,” Marsh said.
More than $12,000 worth of jewelry was stolen.
“They hauled this off,” Marsh said.
The thieves then ran out, leaving a trail of the stolen items right in her front lawn — including a piece of the jewelry box. Police believe a getaway car was waiting outside.
Marsh was able to collect some of her belongings from her front yard, most of it costume jewelry.
“Great-aunt’s orca pearls, they’re gone. All the good stuff was taken,” Marsh said.
Marsh wasn’t the only one hit. Apopka police said in just one day, officers responded to five burglaries within the same time frame; three at Noah’s Ark Self Storage and another in the Errol Estates neighborhood. The incidents seem similar, authorities said, but it is too early to tell if they are connected.
Marsh now leaves a sign outside her home warning neighbors, and hoping it may lead police to the thieves who stole more than silver and gold.
“There were also some items that my mom worked for really hard, and my grandmother,” she said.
A neighbor has surveillance cameras pointed in the direction of the home. Police will review them to see what they may have picked up.