(WSVN) - A South Florida chaplain spends her days giving hope to people behind bars. Tonight she is praying that she gets justice. Rosh Lowe has the story in tonight’s edition of the Lowedown.
Victim: “You see him bringing items out of my house and putting them on the other side of the fence.”
The victim has since been living in fear.
Victim: “It’s been horrible. My home has been broken into four times. Two of the times, I was home, so once I turned on the lights, they would run.”
She is so scared that she won’t show her face on camera.
Victim: “You’re under constant terror. Any day or any night, someone could try and break into your home.”
On that morning of July 9, this woman was out of town. No one was inside at her Southwest Miami-Dade home, which was a perfect target for this thief.
He took his time, first throwing a rock at the window. Then carefully removing the shards of glass before slithering into her bedroom window. And then he came out with the loot.
The thief got away with lamps, radios and even female clothing. He eventually made his way back for the TV.
This is tough work. You can get a good look at him as he wipes the sweat from his brow.
Victim: “All of that stuff is in that hamper. Stuff is falling out. I think that’s one of my shirts. I need to stop looking at it myself.”
The video is tough to watch, but it is especially difficult when you consider her job as a prison chaplain.
Victim: “I’m out everyday helping those and trying to help inmates rehabilitate themselves to be citizens again in the community, and while I’m doing that, you still have others on the outside who are violating me and other community members everyday. It’s very hard.”
The victim moved to South Florida about a year and a half ago and bought her current home for the lake view. But now, she lives her days with the shutters pulled up and assembled out of fear. When she wants to view the lake in her backyard, she looks through a small hole.
Victim: “I’ve had to completely close up my home.”
Her home has now become her prison.
Victim: “What is it in his life that is lacking that he needs to do this? And what is it going to take for him to stop?”
This is more than just a burglary. This crime pierces the heart of someone who has been involved with her church since childhood, who began as a volunteer helping the helpless behind bars, who has a Master’s Degree in Divinity who at the very core believes in people.
Victim: “That’s my calling. That’s my life’s calling. That’s what I do.”
Spending countless hours giving people hope. The question now is, ‘Does she still have faith?’
Victim: “I have faith that the case will be solved, and I have faith that whether I see it or not, something will come to pass with this young man.”
If you recognize him, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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