by Emily Waldrep
Germania Insurance Company is now offering a monetary reward to anyone with information on a large-scale burglary that occurred in Ivanhoe at approximately 9 a.m. on Twenty-seventh Street on September 19.
The victim in the burglary had left her residence for the weekend to stay with family, leaving Sunday morning at approximately 8 a.m. Upon her return on Monday, she noticed that her back yard gate was unlocked and that entry had been made into her home through a back window by breaking the glass.
"Deputies were able to recover tire and partial footprints at the property," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. "Photographs were taken of the impressions and the tire marks in the back yard. Deputies also talked with neighbors that said they didn't see anything unusual."
Some of the items stolen included a large amount of jewelry, several shotguns, pistols and rifles, power tools including a chain saw, DVD players, Riggs and Stratton Generator, laptops, and other various items.
According to the homeowners, the power tools all held identifying markers.
"Germania Insurance Company is offering a reward up to $500 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft and vandalism at the insured property," said an official from Germania Insurance.
Anyone with any information on the crime can contact the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at 283-2172.