ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thieves ripped off an elderly man while he was away getting medical treatment. They even came back to the home to finish the job.
“The entire house had been ransacked,” said Tamara Phillips, daughter of the homeowner.
All that is left inside Larry Phillps’ home is a bunch of papers and belongings scattered around the house. Thieves kicked in the back door and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and music equipment from the 67-year-old man.
“They were able to remove a 2×2 solid steel floor safe from the back bedroom closet that contained about $40,000 worth of gold and silver,” said Phillips.
This was the second time her father’s home had been broken into in less than a week, and she believes they were going to come back a third time.
“The artwork in a plastic bag, they had two boxes full of other antiques and artifacts that were obviously packed up and ready to go,” she said.
Larry Phillips’ grand daughter was in the home just hours before the break-in and said she felt like something wasn’t right.
“I didn’t expect anything to happen really. It felt like somebody was watching me in a way, being in the house alone at night,” said Cassandra Baldwin.
This comes at a difficult time for the family. Larry suffered four heart attacks this last year and is currently in rehab. This just adds insult to injury.
“I just don’t know how much more of this I can take with him being sick and then losing everything.”
Even though Tamara and her family lost a lot of valuable items that were important to them, she credits her neighbors for scaring off the thieves so her daughter didn’t walk in on the crime.
“I am so terribly grateful for my neighbors because it could’ve been so so much worse.”
The family says neighbors caught the thieves and their U-Haul on security video and they also believe they came back again to try to break-in the front door.
Tamara Phillips will be putting the house up for sale because she can’t deal with the stress of these break-ins any longer.