It was a rude awakening. Someone was trying to break into a woman's first-floor apartment. Thankfully the bad guy didn't get away with anything. But the woman who lived there says the whole incident is a reminder for all of us.
“It was all shattered, when I walked out here it looked like it was all shattered,” said Teressa Powers.
She was sleeping. It was 7 o’clock in the morning when her dog woke her up.
“Petunia started barking. I got out of bed and I looked down the hallway and I could see somebody on my back porch and he took off running,” said Powers.
Thankfully he got away with nothing but the incident left her shaken.
“I was scared initially and I’m scared at night,” said Powers.
That’s why she invested in a bar to place inside her sliding glass door. She also closes her blinds and locks her bedroom door.
But even that is no match to a hammer, which the man apparently stole from a neighboring porch.
“When the police officer came he said what if he was after you? What if he wasn't after robbery,” said Powers.
Like many of us, she never thought this would happen to her but she hopes her story reminds everyone to play it safe.
Better yet, she's extremely grateful for her dog.
“She saved me I guess, she woke me up growling and barking,” said Powers.
She says if she hadn’t gotten up, the thief may have made it inside.
Thursday afternoon after another break-in, police asked the victim for serial numbers for their electronics. Unfortunately they didn’t have the numbers recorded. Police say the best thing you can do is take a photo of all your electronics and a photo of the serial numbers on each of them. Then save all that information on a thumb drive. And put that thumb drive in a place that no one can access.
That way, if you fall victim to a break-in, there is more of a chance you’ll get some of those stolen items back.