SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV)
"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 fiancé, 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.