Theresa Roemer Says Some of Jewelry Mailed to the Houston Press Is Hers
A person claiming to be the infamous Woodlands Closet Bandit says these items are all fake
Photo and video by Kaitlin Steinberg
Theresa Roemer has identified some of the jewelry mailed to The Houston Press by a self-proclaimed burglar as belonging to her.
"Mrs. Roemer did come in and identify some of the items as items that were stolen from her residence," Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Lt. Brady Fitzgerald told the Press Monday. He could not say which of the items, which the Press received August 15 by an unknown sender, Roemer verified as hers, and if they included a lock of her late son's hair.
The positive identification "leads us to believe that the person that did send the items in was somehow related to this criminal offense," Fitzgerald said.
The items arrived at the Press office three days after we received a strange call from a person claiming to be behind the August 2 burglary of her well-publicized three-story "she-cave."
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The person, who spoke through a voice-modulator, claimed that the stolen jewelry and handbags were fake. The caller said he or she then contacted Roemer and demanded $500,000 in exchange for the items, or else the media would be notified.
But, the caller said, "it seemed as if she contacted authorities. The deal never went through. I'm following through with my threat."
Fitzgerald said Roemer was not able to positively identify all of the items.
"Some of the items, obviously, are from family members -- her husband's family and stuff like that -- and because of the number of items she had, she couldn't say for sure if [some of them] were hers or not, " Fitzgerald said.
Continuing her trend of talking to everyone else but us, Roemer had no comment when reached by phone Monday.
We aren't sure why the self-proclaimed burglar called us, but it may relate to a story we ran on the defamation suit Roemer filed against her stepson, Maximillian Roemer, in July. Both parties agrees to dismiss the suit last week, according to court records.
Maximillian told us via email Monday that, "For the sake of my failing father, I pray this all ends well." He did not elaborate.
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