Burglar Keeps Targeting Avid Churchgoer

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A sweet Easter turned sour for an elderly woman who came home from church to find her TV missing.

But this isn’t the first time this has happened Phyllis Martinez of Pueblo. She tells 11 News this is the third time her TV was stolen from her house while she was worshipping.

Monday Phyllis Martinez was setting up an old TV after her $200 flat screen was stolen.

“She (her daughter) says mom look, where's your TV? I said well somebody get it, when we left,” said Phyllis Martinez.

The theft happened while Martinez was at an Easter Sunday service. The 86-year-old is an avid churchgoer.

“I have to go to church I've been going all my life,” said Martinez.

But now the born and raised Catholic is rethinking the weekly tradition.

“ I'm afraid, I say I shouldn't even go to church, stay home,” said Martinez.

That’s because she keeps coming home from worship to find her house burglarized. This is the third time in as many years a television was stolen while she was at church.

“They are watching and waiting for me to leave the house,” said Martinez.

The first flat screen cost $1,000 and was given to her for Mother’s Day. After that was stolen, her elderly roommate bought a $500 flat screen. Last year that was also taken. Her roommate Larry then bought a $200 flat screen that is now missing.

Now Martinez and her roommate may not buy a new TV, in fear it might get stolen again.

The elderly woman tells 11 News she got a ride to church on Sunday and purposely left her car in the driveway to make it look like she was home. But that didn’t stop the crooks.

She says she thinks they broke into her house between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. That’s just a 30 minute window between when she left for church and her daughter came over to her house.

Because she knew her daughter was nearby, Martinez left the front door unlocked. Her daughter discovered the missing TV and told police that the back door was wide open.

Martinez says the other two burglaries the thieves actually broke glass to get inside.

At this point police do not have any suspects.

Police want to remind you that the best way to recover your stolen stuff is by having a serial number handy for your electronics and then giving it to police. This will not only help them recover your property but could help lead them to an arrest by tracking the item through pawn shops.

Police also encourage people to always lock their doors when they leave. And ask neighbors to always keep a watchful eye, especially now that burglaries are happening more and more during daylight.

If you have any information about this theft, call Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 542-7867.

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