HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - A Houma couple said thieves broke into their home in broad daylight Thursday and took nearly everything they had, including a locket that contained the ashes of the woman's son.
It happened Royce Street.
"Came home and everything was scattered all over and everything was gone - everything that we worked so hard for," said homeowner Allen Robertson.
Just talking about what happened brings Robertson to tears.
"Me and my wife are in our mid-50s, and we busted our butts for everything we have. Nothing's come easy," he said.
Robertson said he believes thieves broke in shortly after he and his wife left for work. They took tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools, family heirlooms, jewelry and other possessions. But most devastating for Robertson and his wife was that they got away with something that can never be replaced.
"My wife and I were both divorced when we got together about 15 years ago," Robertson said. "Her son passed away this year. For Christmas, I bought her a chain, a really nice gold chain with a gold locket with his ashes in it, and they took that chain and they probably threw that locket away just for the gold chain."
Robertson said the burglars left behind footprints and even blood stains from where they cut themselves.
"Y'all don't have no idea what y'all did," Robertson said. "Y'all just don't know what y'all done to our family. We can't sleep at night now, we don't trust anybody no more. How could y'all do this? It's not even so much the things you took, it's what you did to us. I don't see how you can live with yourselves."
Robertson said his neighborhood is normally his neighborhood is quiet and safe, but he's not taking any chances from this point on. He plans to install cameras and an alarm system to protect his home.
He said his insurance likely won't cover the full cost of what was stolen.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating. If you have any information that can help, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-743-7433.