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Newburgh couple narrowly misses confronting a burglar

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It was a frightening discovery by a Newburgh couple coming home to find they narrowly missed confronting a burglar.

The homeowners did think they scared off the burglar or burglars, but their home was ransacked and several items stolen from their Newburgh home on Thorndale Drive.

Joe Walker says he and his wife were just returning home from dinner and a movie when they quickly realized somebody else was in their home.

"She come in and all the lights were on in the house, and we didn't leave anything on is what I'm trying to say," Walker said.

Walker says they came home around 10:00 Saturday night and entered their home like they normally do through the garage.

"And she said, 'well I didn't leave that window up' and she looked and it was broken. They come through that window. It had to be a small person because that is a small window. Anyway, she started screaming and I came in here as quick as I could," Walker said.

Walker thinks the sound of the garage door might have scared off whoever was in their home, but at the time, they didn't know if someone was still in there.

"Then I preceded back here and it was like in the movies, the lights were all on back here. I have a gun back here in the drawer and that's why I preceded back here real fast," Walker said.

The burglar didn't take the gun.

The sheriff's office thinks whoever was in the home ran out the back door when they heard the Walkers come home. The door was still open and the blinds were flapping in the wind.

Although the Walkers scared off the burglars, they weren't able to stop them from taking about $8,000 worth of jewelry and other items.

"Everything in here was open. These drawers were open like that, all of them. My drawer was open, that drawer, the chest was open, and stuff was strewn out of it," Walker told 14 News.

The sheriff's office was out at the home collecting evidence for a few hours Saturday night and also had a canine unit out.

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