|Updated: 8/21 1:41 am
||Published: 8/21 1:09 am
Burglars take advantage of a couple out on vacation.
FOX23 has learned the thieves stole $20,000 worth of items and caused $2,000 damage. The couple said they may know who stole it.
"We had a mirror hanging there," said Catherine Sharp.
She walked FOX23's Dontaye Carter through the home to show him the damage.
"This entire DVD case was full," she said.
Sharp said hundreds of DVDs were stolen. She says the thieves stole 3,000 comics her husband collected as well as board games, 15 paintings, 2 guitars, a 42-inch Samsung plasma TV and a Nintendo Wii. Sharp said it took at least five years to buy everything.
"Blood, sweat and tears," she said. "Working, saving, budgeting. It's a hard thing to do but we did it for years."
Her bedroom window was broken so the thieves could get in. Sharp said the people were even bold enough to move her car out of the garage to bring theirs in.
"They backed in here leisurely," said Sharp. "They had to know we were gone."
The family told FOX23 they tracked their Dungeons and Dragons books to Gardner's used books and music in Tulsa.
When they were able to identify the books and notes written inside they got them all back but it wasn't until they found out who sold the books did the pain hit.
"Having someone do that to you that you know, why? Why? Just why?" she asked.
Sharp said she and her husband have known that friend for nearly a decade. She says the book and music store showed her the receipt with that person's name on it.
"There's the anger and bitterness. You want them to suffer like you had to suffer. You want them to not be able to sleep like you weren't able to sleep," she said.
The couple said fingerprints were retrieved from the television stand. They hope it will also help police with their investigation. Their focus now is on upgrading their security system at home.