I don't know if you can call this a closet or a personal high-end department store, but take a look at the lavish walk-in wardrobe of Texas businesswoman Theresa Roemer.
The three-story space houses millions of dollars of goods: clothing, shoes, furs, bags, and jewelry — even a champagne bar.
It's been in the news recently because Roemer uses it to host charitable functions for organizations, such as the Texas Children's Hospital and Child Legacy International, but over the weekend it was in the spotlight for a less fortunate situation.
While she and her husband had stepped out for a quick dinner, an intruder broke into a downstairs restroom and headed for the closet — stealing three bags, valued at $60,000 apiece, and filling them with jewelry, including one-of-a-kind family heirlooms. In all, Roemer estimates that $800,000 to $1,000,000 was lost.
Police suggest it was not an inside job but a professional hit. Roemer usually sets an alarm and locks the inch-and-a-half-thick glass doors of the closet, but she didn't do so that evening. Security cameras caught footage of the masked thief — who was in and out within 40 minutes — but authorities said there are no current suspects.
Roemer said the feeling of being violated by a burglary cuts across all income levels: "No one deserves this," she said. "I don't care if you're wealthy. I don't care if you're poor. Your personal belongings are your personal belongings."
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