Tyler resident picks up the pieces after break in

Published: Jul. 13, 2015 at 10:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2015 at 11:04 PM CDT
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A Tyler couple is left with tough decisions regarding their house after vandals laid waste to it. 
Linda Burns says vandals broke into her fiancé’s home in the 15000 block of Highway 155 south in Tyler.

"The only thing we have left to do now is tear it down because there's so much wrong with it that there's no way," says Burns.

One walk through this house and you can understand the emotions that Linda Burns is feeling. This house belongs to her fianc
é, Howard Davenport, and it holds a special place in his heart.

"Howard Davenport grew up in this house, his parents lived here, you know, this is like his mother's, dad's house. They passed away in this house," says Burns.

The damage is extensive, a chair smashed into the wall, graffiti written in what looks like paint... it's even on his couch. Burns says they also stole a refrigerator and Burns is worried about what else could happen.

"I worry about coming over here by myself.  You know, I mean, what if I walked in on them while they were here? You know there's...kinda scary," says Burns.

It's a criminal act that Smith County Sheriff's Lieutenant Paul Black says is possibly connected to a theme that he sees in many burglary and vandalism cases.

"It's all tied back to drugs. Narcotics, especially meth use. We have a lot of burglaries just like all law enforcement agencies do across the United States because of narcotics," says Black

Whatever the cause for this damage is, Burns can't think of any reason for this.

"You're supposed to treat somebody like you want to be treated, and who wants to be treated like this?" says Burns.

For now, Burns and her fianc
é are left to figure out how this damage will affect the future of their house.

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