By: Hannah Paczkowski
When Amanda Kadavy came home Wednesday afternoon, she knew something wasn't right.
"The first thing as I came in, I was like 'that's weird, pretty sure I locked the front door this morning when I left,'" she said.
Thieves pried open the front door and the evidence of the break-in is still stained on the house. A foot print is marked on the door and the thieves' tracked mud up and down the stairs.
"All the TVs are gone, iPads are gone, electronics are gone, jewelry's gone," Kadavy said.
That's more than $11 thousand stolen and about $4 in damage to the house. Kadavy said the worst part is the evidence that can't be washed away, pry bar marks covering her walls.
"You see them and you have to live with it, but you know it's going to be fixed, but it's the fact that somebody was here that doesn't belong and it's like you'll always kind of remember that they were there," she said.
Police said they believe Kadavy's home wasn't the first stop for these thieves. Four more burglaries occurred since January 30. Two of them on the south side and three north of town.
"We are investigating this and the other burglaries that have been occurring in the daylight hours as being committed by the same person or persons," Sheriff Terry Wagner said.
Kadavy said she hopes the clues, foot prints, and damage will lead police to the people who took away her family's feeling of security.
"You have to explain it to your kids, and they're like 'why would somebody do that mom?' and I'm like 'I don't know'," she said.
Police urge neighbors to keep an eye on each other and watch out for unusual visitors or random cars that pull up to your house. If you have any information, please call Crimestoppers at 475-3600.