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In broad daylight, neighbors watch burglars clear home

7:45 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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BRASELTON, Ga. -- A Braselton woman is reeling after her neighbors watched burglars posing as repo men steal almost everything in her house-all in broad daylight.

Ariella Guzman is living and working in Atlanta while her Braselton home is on the market. She left it furnished hoping it would sell faster.

"What bothers me is how brash and bold they were. It was 2:00 in the afternoon when they took the things and they loaded up three truckloads," Guzman said. "They came back in again and again and nobody thought anything different of it."

Neighbors weren't home Tuesday, but they told police they saw the burglars visit the home on four different occasions. The two men took pictures, and posted a fake foreclosure sticker on the front door. When they returned, they loaded their pickup truck with everything from flat screens to a dining room set to Christmas decorations and family portraits. Neighbors who asked what was going on were shown a fake work order.

"With authority they basically told my neighbor to mind his own business because they were from the bank and they were doing their jobs," Guzman said.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home, and police think the men may have visited the house through a realtor and left a window unlocked. They are planning to dust for fingerprints, and hoping to find something before talking to the neighbors. They say the complexity of the scheme means the men will be hard to catch.

Guzman is hoping someone else will hear her story and think twice if they see men removing personal items from a home. She said the hardest thing about the whole experience was explaining what happened to her kids, who lost all their toys.

"I had to explain to them that there are bad people in the world and they do bad things," Guzman said. "But there are good people in the world that do good things too."

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