Home invasion victims receive help from Miami Heat

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida couple who were the victims of a frightening home invasion is receiving a generous gift from the Miami Heat.

The couple’s home was robbed early Thursday morning after the 61-year-old homeowner, Mary Mister, was asleep and woke up suddenly to an invader hovering over her with a hammer. On Friday, the Misters are getting another unexpected visit that may brighten their day.

George Mister, who is a Miami Heat fan, was presented with three TVs from the organization after the robbery. “This is a gag or something,” Mister said laughing. “I just can’t imagine this!”

On Thursday, the inside of the house was destroyed, with TVs ripped off the wall, papers everywhere and $9,000 worth in jewelry missing.

Mister recalled how terrified his wife was when she noticed the robber around 2:30 a.m. “Imagine, he get you out of the bed, throw you on the floor there and tell her, ‘I’m gonna crush you if you move,'” he said.

His wife said she was so scared to stay in her home that she went to visit family in Detroit.

Upon arrival, Mister was surprised and emotional. “Oh, I want to hug everybody!” he said. “I want to hug everybody. Oh, man!”

Members of the organization saw his story on 7News, so they decided to help out by replacing some of the stolen items with three Samsung TVs. “We’re hopeful that he can get back to some sort of normalcy,” said Miami Heat Executive Vice President Marketing Officer Michael McCullough. “He’s mentioned that his wife is afraid to be in the house; she’s left. You know, we want her to come home, feel comfortable in her own home.”

Miami-Dade Police officials continue to search for the robber.

In the meantime, Mister said he will continue to root for his home team and looks forward to watching the Heat games on his new TVs, next season.

“I was down and out,” Mister said laughing, “but I won’t mind coming back home now. Bless you, bless everybody.”

If you have any information on who the robber is, 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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