The Victim: Matt and Elizabeth Reinhart
The Crime:
Wednesday, April 27
1:50 p.m.
7200 block of Westbrook

They banged on the door — before breaking it down.

Of all her jewelry, Elizabeth Reinhart cherished one piece in particular — her grandmother’s engagement ring. This special piece had been reset and given to Reinhart on her 18th birthday. She has been holding onto the ring for 10 years, and planned to keep it as a family heirloom. But unfortunately, a criminal probably now has possession of her cherished ring — or has already pawned it for a quick buck.

“My neighbor actually noticed a girl banging on our door earlier in the day, probably to see if anyone was home,” Reinhart says of the recent burglary. “They had kicked in our locked gate and our family room door.”

The neighbor heard the home alarm and went through the front door.

“He thought he heard someone in the house and went out to call 911,” she says. “The police responded quickly.”

The burglars made off not only with the ring, but also grabbed an iPod, flat-screen television, an Apple MacBook laptop computer and other jewelry. The laptop was a major loss. Reinhart had used the computer for her graduate schoolwork, and to edit and store her new baby’s photos. Reinhart just couldn’t wait to get a new MacBook.

“We went to the store today. We had to get that replaced,” she says. “Thankfully we had a backup external hard drive. And what really makes me mad is that they stole our baby bag. I mean, what are they going to do with that?”

Dallas Police Lt. Mackie D. Ham of the Northeast Patrol Division says a commercial grade lock that can’t be cut with bolt cutters is the best bet for securing a gate, and “a fire-rated safe that is bolted down or placed in the floor, wall or concrete slab” could be a great way to secure expensive jewelry or other items indoors. ­


Block of Gaston Avenue where someone broke into a Toyota, stealing a $200 Coach purse 
and wallet, a $300 cell 
phone and $300


Date someone burglarized 
a home in the 6700 block 
of Lakeshore, stealing more than $3,000 worth 
of jewelry


Worth of allergy medication 
stolen from a convenience store 
May 9 in the 5100 block of Greenville

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