HAZEL GREEN, AL (WAFF) - An alleged thief is in jail tonight. The Madison County Sheriff's Office said Lori Anzinger started her crime spree last month ransacking homes on the west side of the county.
A Hazel Green family who had their house burglarized said they are glad the officers arrested the thief. They also want people to learn to keep a watchful eye out for their neighbors.
"You feel safe in your home usually, but when you know that someone else has been in there, wonder if they'll come back, so they did take that more than the actual pennies they stole," said Ryan Oberholtzer.
The Oberholtzers are getting their sense of security back after their home was burglarized in April.
"It's good to know that they've tracked her down and caught her," Ryan added.
The alleged thief, Lori Anzinger, is charged with nine burglaries, four thefts, breaking and entering a vehicle and fleeing police.
"Don't break into anyone else's house," said Xanthe Oberholtzer.
The 6-year-old's tooth fairy money was stolen.
"We wrote a note to the tooth fairy and she gave me five dollars and the other one was one dollar," Xanthe explained.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office said what helped nabbed the thief was neighbors being observant.
"Somebody else saw the vehicle and we saw it too actually. It was parked outside our neighbor's house when we came home," Ryan explained.
A silver sport utility vehicle with Missouri license plates helped officers narrow down the search.
"One of the other victims actually had a video system that captured a silver SUV on it," said Lt. Donny Shaw with the Madison County Sheriff's Office. "Our investigators are good. They used their resources to develop some intelligence and developed a suspect."
Police want homeowners to watch out for your neighbors and report any suspicious behavior.
"Whenever we are being nosy and see something that is out of place in our community and we report it... it does like this case did here. A quick resolution, a quick identification of a suspect and puts them in jail," Shaw added.
Anzinger is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $164,000 bond. She also may face more burglary charges from Huntsville police.
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