Burglars cause thousands in damage to Orange furniture store

The thieves removed sheet metal, insulation and sheet rock in order to break-in to Affordable Home Furnishings on 16th street in Orange over the weekend.

Employees called police Monday morning after discovering the damage and three missing flat screen TV's.

Mary Thomas is the sales manager at the furniture store, she said in the seven years the store has been at this location they've had several attempted break-ins, but this is the first time they've had anything stolen.

"I was shocked because we have alarms here at the store and usually if someone tries to break in it goes off and they usually notify the store manager and myself so I was surprised," she said.

Tom Widdifield has lived behind Affordable Home Furnishings for 40 years. He said it used to be mostly an elderly community but after Hurricane Rita, he noticed an increase in crime.

"My house has been broken into 17 times," he said. "They even stole my car about three months ago... I finally got it back."

He said the building has been a target in the past, with A/C units being stolen several times. He also said he's contacted the police about the crimes before and would like to see them take a more active role in cracking down on the crime in that part of town.

No suspects have been identified yet. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Orange police at 409-883-1026.


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