Bold Bandits Swipe Valuables While Couple Sleeps in NWA Home

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville police are looking for the thieves who stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of valuables from a Fayetteville home Wednesday morning.

Two cars, a laptop and a chest full of goods are some of the things stolen while Sydney Motes and her boyfriend were asleep upstairs.

“It’s terrifying, we don’t want to sleep here,” said Motes.

Between 4 to 7 a.m. Wednesday, the majority of Motes and her boyfriends’ goods were stolen.

“Around 7 a.m. my boyfriend came down to go to work and noticed all of our stuff was gone,” explained Motes.

Motes had been up until about 4 a.m. working on a project before going to bed.

“He noticed things were out of place, and weren’t right and looked around and saw that the back door was still kind of cracked,” said Motes.

That’s when her boyfriend realized, both their car keys were missing.

“He says, come downstairs..our cars are gone and we’ve been robbed,” said Motes.

Sgt. Anthony Murphy with Fayetteville police said they are investigating the case.

Murphy said it’s rare for thieves to break in with people home.

“Normally, if somebody’s going to break into your house they want to do it when you’re gone,” said Murphy.  “I would say if they knew someone was home and inside the home then it was a pretty bold move to go inside an occupied home.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried several other people’s back doors before they got to ours and got lucky,” said Motes.

Motes hopes people take note of what happened to them. She said always lock your door, and look into getting renters insurance.

“It’s just one of those things that you don’t what it’s like until it happens to you, and you never think it’s going to happen until it happens to you,” said Motes.

Motes said she never expected this would happen in their quiet Fayetteville neighborhood.

“Things have taken a turn, but I’m hoping that we hear something soon from the police and things turn around,” said Motes.

They plan to move into a new neighborhood as soon as possible.

Fayetteville police said they have good leads into who committed the crime.

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