There's a new, hilarious twist in the "million dollar" burglary of Theresa Roemer's infamous three-story closet: the jewels and designer handbags that were stolen were all fakes. This is according to the alleged thief, who recently reached out to the media.
A person claiming to be the burglar contacted a Houston Press staff reporter last week, claiming that the supposed $1 million in jewels and designer handbags that were stolen were actually just fakes. Using a voice modulator and a burner phone, the thief said,"Every single item she had is fake." The thief went on to own up to an extortion attempt:
"I requested over half a million dollars [from Roemer] to return her items and not expose her to the news. During the meet, it seemed as if she contacted authorities. The deal never went through. I'm following through with my threat."
The burglar mailed over a dozen of the stolen items to the Houston Press, which staff at the newspaper said appeared to be costume jewelry. One of the items was a locket containing a lock of hair of Roemer's son Michael who died in a car crash in 2006. That, too, appeared to be fake.
Roemer believes that the thief was unable to fence the items since the burglary made national headlines, which is why he/she is now claiming that the stuff is fake.
Roemer's 3000-square-foot closet was burglarized earlier this month just days after she showed off her "female man cave" on Good Morning America. She and her husband had gone out for dinner without locking the infamous closet or setting their home's alarm system. Naturally, this has all led to the public coming up with their own conspiracy theories:
"So here is my theory.... This was all set up by the owner, she was supposed to give the 'thief' money to commit the 'crime' and something went sideways. So now the thief is telling everybody the stuff is fake so she can't get her insurance money. There's nothing about the entire situation that'll ever make me think this was real," said Stephanie Wood.
"It's all a total set up. Convenient they went to dinner and didn't set the alarm," said Karen Jacomet.
"Looks like an insurance scam all along," said Mack A. Miller.