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Pissed-off Texas Closet Robber Claims Items Are Fakes

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The second floor of the closet. Image by Chinh Phan for <a href="">Neiman Marcus</a>.
The second floor of the closet. Image by Chinh Phan for Neiman Marcus.

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Here's a bizarre twist in the story of Houston resident Theresa Romer, who was predictably robbed after bragging about her lavish closet: the burglar is complaining that the items in the closet were "all fakes," according to ABC 13. Someone claiming to be the robber called the Houston Press, saying that they tried to extort half a million dollars from Roemer in exchange for returning the stolen goods and not exposing the fact that they weren't authentic. As proof, the robber also mailed packages to the newspaper containing a silver locket with a strand of hair inside, jewelry, and a watch, all allegedly from Roemer's closet.

The value of the designer items stolen was originally reported at one million dollars. Houston Press reporter Craig Malisow told the Houston Chronicle: "It sounded like he felt like he was wronged - because when he went to go fence this stuff, he was allegedly told this was fake... it kind of felt like he was the victim here."

Roemer told ABC 13 that she refused to pay the ransom. "He claims that whatever it is that's in there is fake. Well, you know, if you walk into any one woman's closet there's gonna be valuable things, and there's gonna be costume things, and there's gonna be vintage things," Roemer said. Police are investigating to see if the items mailed to the Houston Press are indeed Roemer's.
· Owner of Massive Closet Talks About Claims of Items Being Fake [ABC13]
· Self-proclaimed Woodlands Closet Burglar Sends Stolen Items to Local Newspaper [Houston Chronicle]
· Woman Who Bragged About $500k Closet Predictably Robbed [Racked]