Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 30, 2013

Theft victim feels third time shock

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Imagine the stunning surprise of returning to your own home and discovering you have been victimized by thieves who also seemingly destroy everything in their path.

Now imagine this happens three separate times only a handful of weeks apart leaving you with very few belongings left at all.

This is the case for Diannia Baker and her husband Tony.

It was just Friday when the couple again returned to their rural home west of Wynnewood to find thieves and vandals had once again targeted their house.

Not only was it a shock to make this discovery again, Diannia felt the need to unleash her frustrations and tell someone about this whole situation. One of the places she called was the PV Democrat.

“I didn’t know what good it would do, but I wanted to tell someone that this was happening to our home,” Diannia said about contacting the Democrat right after finding this third round from thieves.

“I wanted them to know this is our home and it’s not a place for someone to just break in and take whatever they want,” she said.

“I thought that if told somebody then everybody can start looking out for this kind of thing.”

Not too long ago the Bakers were considering the possibility of moving from their rural home into a housing facility for senior citizens in Pauls Valley.

Before making that leap they decided to take some out-of-state trips to visit their grown children.

On their return Friday after trip number three they were greeted with an open front door and instantly knew they’d been “hit” for the third time by predatory type thieves who seem to wait for them to leave before striking again.

“Every time we come home more is gone,” Diannia said. “This is our house. Everything that we have and cherished is destroyed or gone. There’s nothing left.

“They honestly wiped us out. I don’t know what to do. I’m just angry. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said.

“We’re tired of people coming in and taking out belongings and tearing everything up. I don’t know why this keeps happening to us.

“It’s like they know when we’re gone and they hit us again and again and again.”

From big stuff like appliances and lawnmowers to Diannia’s collectible dishes and her husband’s trophy animals mounted on the wall, each time the house is hit there all kinds of items stolen.

She also described the house as a “shambles” because of all the vandalism and destruction done by those who broke in.

After each of those times the couple has contacted area law enforcement, Diannia said, adding she was about to contact them again on Friday.

With the house out in the country and few neighbors near by, she added she believes at least one of those neighbors actually saw the thieves but mistook them from a distance as the homeowners moving some items out.