The South Montgomery County home of a former Mrs. Texas United America was burglarized Friday night. The thief took between $800,000 and $1 million in jewelry, bags, and other valuables, along with Theresa Roemer’s peace of mind, as well as sentimental items money can never replace.
Roemer said she and her husband only went two blocks away to their country club for dinner, and when they returned an hour and a half later, they found someone had invaded their home. There was broken glass everywhere and many of their most prized possession were gone. Investigators said it looked like the work of a professional.
“I have 16 cameras on this house and there’s no footage of him anywhere around the house – nowhere,” Roemer said. “It had to be out that dark back corner of the house and out the back gate to the golf course.”
The intruder used a glass cutter to make entry in the bathroom and the width of the hole showed the person was small, which was supported by interior surveillance video. The only camera that caught images of the intruder was inside the house. Unfortunately, he was careful to cover himself well. The surveillance footage shows the small man, dressed all in white and wearing gloves, was in the home for about 40 minutes. It took four trips to take all of the stolen items out of the house.
Since they were only going two blocks away, Roemer said they did not activate their security system, but they locked the house.
As the couple left their property, Roemer noticed a Hispanic male on a bicycle near her front gate. He appeared to be around 17, she said, and she assumed he lived in the neighborhood. Now she wonders if he might have been somehow connected to the crime. The opulent residence lies in a guard gated community in The Woodlands, where visitors must show an ID and have their vehicle photographed before entering, with confirmation they are expected by a resident.
The former beauty queen turned entrepreneur / philanthropist may have been targeted partly due to recent media attention that went viral online. Roemer became the envy of women worldwide when she opened up her 3,000 square foot multi-level closet to reporters. The “woman cave,” as she calls it, features lighted showcases for her collections of shoes, handbags, jewelry, perfumes, and other essentials. Now, many of the shelves are empty.
“They took everything,” she said. “They took all my jewelry, all my watch collections, my husband’s watch collections, my Birkin collection. They literally walked out with between $800,000 and a million dollars’ worth of stuff.”
The thief took only the highest priced items, including 10 Rolex watches, 10 to 12 Chanel watches, Cartier watches, and other big ticket items. Many of the stolen items were rare, and some were one-of-a-kind, making them identifiable, but Roemer said they could be anywhere. With the cost of the goods stolen, she said, a thief may have boxed and shipped the items to himself and then hopped a plane home. Regardless of the thief or thieves’ location, the damage is done, and it is more than material things.
“I feel violated… raped,” Roemer said. “To watch someone on film take everything out of your house that means so much to you – it’s just wrong.“
Roemer spoke through tears Saturday morning, as she surveyed the damage and loss. However, she was still putting things into perspective. Last month marked the seventh anniversary of Roemer’s son’s death in a car accident.
“I need to count my blessings that no one was hurt or killed,” she said. “I’ve been through amazingly hard things in life, like burying my son, and this is not anything compared to that.”
Even so, when police left around 4 a.m., Roemer said she was unable to go to sleep, because she was afraid the intruder would return.
Anyone with information should call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP.