Burglary victim's unusual cry for help

FRESNO, Calif.

Burglars hit her house two times in two days and Catherine Cormier made a desperate plea for help. Her 5'x5' foot sign definitely caught our attention and Cormier hopes it triggers someone's memory.

Driving down Maroa, a sign of the times catches the eye -- a crime victim's cry for help after two burglaries in two days.

Cormier lost mostly jewelry in the first burglary last Monday.

"I thought that was the end of it, and I found my TV at the front door, which is kind of odd," she said. "I thought they just didn't have time, they were spooked or whatever and so I hooked it up again."

The TV disappeared by the next afternoon and the whole entertainment center was bare.

The crooks also took two more TVs, a computer, a DVD player, and an heirloom sterling silver set -- all while Cormier was out on errands -- gone only from 3:30 until 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.

"I couldn't believe that happened in one hour," she said. "Wow! Every day I feel violated every time I think about it."

The burglars also apparently tried to set fire to the house, leaving charred drapes behind. But they didn't leave much else, so Cormier took matters into her own hands.

She's hoping the cardboard sign in her driveway keeps the crooks away and leads to clues.

"I figure burglaries are a dime a dozen and the sheriff's department doesn't have time to investigate thoroughly, so I thought maybe somebody saw something," she said.

Neighbors say it's hard to miss this sign, but so far no tips from people who've seen it.

Investigators on the cases weren't available on Labor Day, but commanders say there's very little evidence for them to work with.

They say the sign is an interesting approach to get help, and they'll take all the help they can get.

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