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Burglars break in while elderly couple is home

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MANSFIELD, Texas -

Police are looking for whoever broke into a Mansfield home Monday night and stole thousands of dollars in jewelry -- all while a couple was at home watching TV. FOX 4's Fil Alvarado reports, the homeowners were wearing headphones and didn't realize what happened until it was too late.

Monday night, Tom and Peggy McElvoy decided to stay up a little later and watch an extra episode of "Jag," a decision that may have saved them from physical harm. Because during the show, someone was in their bedroom, stealing jewelry and money.

"We could have been hurt," said Tom. "Had we tried to get into the bedroom a little quicker, they might have been in there."

Tom was in a chair in the living room. His wife Peggy was across from him on the couch. Both were wearing headphones, watching TV. Just 15 feet away, outside on the patio, a burglar had broken the glass on a side door into the bedroom.

"They had to look in here and see us," said Tom. "This light is always on."

But Tom did not see the burglar. Maybe thanks to the glare from the outside light, or because mud was smeared on the light that shines on an American flag and illuminates part of the patio.

It wasn't until the couple went to the bedroom that they noticed something was wrong: the bedroom door was locked.

After opening it, drawers from a jewelry chest were open and flung on the floor. All the jewelry was gone -- about $20,000 worth. But more importantly, so was about 60 years of memories.

"The ring he first bought me. Our first ring," remembers Peggy. "That means so much to me."

That ring that Tom gave his young bride when he was a basic airman in the Air Force earning $75 a month -- it didn't cost much, but is priceless to Peggy.

McElvoys liked to say they picked their home's lot so they wouldn't get hit by golf balls, but now they've been hit by crooks.

The burglar also went into a closet and took money and credit cards. Because of the thief's thorough search, the McElvoys wonder if the guilty party is someone who knows the layout of their home.

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