Burglar Strikes in Tyler, Homeowners Believe It Was Inside Job

A Tyler family woke up to a burglar reaching across their bedroom dresser for jewelry early Thursday morning.

Tyler Police say screams sent the suspect running, but not before he got away with precious jewelry and money.

The homeowner's don't believe this was a random burglary since contractors have been in their home and an unlocked window was the way inside.

The President of the Tyler Area Builders Association says you can protect you and your property even when using contractors.

"I would recommend after the contractors done completed and all the work's been finished to go ahead and call a lock smith out and change the key," says Mike Schovanec. "There's always a potential it got into the wrong hands."

Here are a few more safety suggestions when strangers are in your home.  Builders and police say make sure all your windows and doors are locked, daily.

Hire a reputable, bonded contractor who gives you references.

Remember to store valuables out of sight.

Alarm systems also help deter burglars.

Tyler Police says burglary is not related to the rash of smash and grabs incidents.