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Suspects rob home of grandmother twice

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( – Police are searching for burglars who broke into the home of a 71-year-old woman two days in a row in Barnhart.

“I’m very surprised and shocked I hadn’t heard about it,” said Lynn Bonney, a neighbor in the area. Police say thieves stole more than $10,000 worth of jewelry, tools and collectibles from Pearl Sitze, who is angry and hurt by the break-ins.

“We’re all very angry about this,” Sitze said. “Feels like I’ve been really and truly intruded on.” Among the items stolen are a ruby ring her husband got for her. He passed away in 2004 and the ring is one of the few reminders she has left of him. They also stole a necklace and another ring, both gifts from her husband.

“They are of very sentimental value,” she said. “Priceless.”

Thieves broke into her home around 11:00 a.m. Monday and around the same time on Tuesday, but Sitze says she didn’t notice the missing items until after the second break-in. The area, located off old Highway 21, is normally a quiet and crime free place.

Investigators say they have a strong lead in the case after a neighbor spotted a car parked in front of Sitze’s house both mornings.

The suspects, a man and woman, were seen driving a mid-90’s model gray Dodge Neon.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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