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Socialite's Wonder Closet Robbed

Burglar hauls away $1 million in handbags, watches and jewelry from socialite's much-talked-about closet

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Theresa Roemer closet July 2014
Thieves broke into Theresa Roemer's closet Friday night and took close to $1 million in accessories. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

A three-story fantasy "she-cave" closet that has gained worldwide attention has caught the eye of burglars, too.

Friday night, a thief broke into the Woodlands home of Theresa Roemer and cleaned out much of her massive, much-talked-about closet. Roemer tells CultureMap via email that she estimates that the burglar took between $800,000 and $1 million worth of handbags, jewelry and watches.

CultureMap was the first to tell readers about the 3,000 square foot triple-decker space that resembles a high-end fashion emporium after noting a post on the Neiman Marcus blog. Since then Roemer and her closet have been highlighted on dozens of major national and international outlets, including Good Morning America , the London Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan magazine.

The top floor of the closet houses furs and hats. The second floor is as much activity center as storage space. In addition to her shoes, clothes and vanity (professional salon style for hair styling and makeup application), there is a champagne bar for high style partying amid the cache of designer labels. Roemer has hosted several charity fundraisers in the space.

It appears that the burglar set his sights on the first floor of the closet, which is home to her jewelry and handbags, including over 60 classic Hermés styles, among them a number of iconic Birkin bags.

Roemer explained that she and her husband decided to run over to the Carlton Woods Country Club only two blocks away for a quick dinner, so she did not think to set the alarm. The thief entered through a window in the master bathroom. Police are investigating the burglary.

KHOU Ch. 11 News reports that surveillance video shows a suspect who was able to conceal his face with a ball cap and a hoodie. He left with three Birkin travel bags worth $60,000 a piece filled with jewelry and other expensive items.

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