CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Ken Gates wants people to be aware - brazen burglars are in the area and they've been in his home twice.
Gates has an alarm system on his house, but not on his garage. He said crooks broke in through the garage last Thursday and found his safe.
"The safe wasn't open - it was shut with the pins in, but I hadn't twirled the dial so it wasn't locked," said Gates.
The thieves stole guns and jewelry worth thousands of dollars. Then last night - just six days later - they tried again.
"Got in again through the door - and the safe was locked and all. Nothing missing we could find from last night," said Gates.
He said the scariest thing about it is that he and his wife were home during each of the break-ins.
"When they're brazen enough to come in your house when you're there - then they're brazen enough to do just about anything," said Gates.
He wants others to protect themselves:
"Well, you should always lock your doors, but if you've got an outside door going into the house, it should have a deadbolt. If this would have had a deadbolt, they would have had to knock down a metal door to get in the house," said Gates.
Detectives said that's good advice, and said there's something else you can do, too:
"Take pictures of all your stuff that you believe has value because a good description will only get us so far. But if we have a picture of it, and we can find it at a pawn shop or jewelry buyer, we got it a little better that way," said Detective Donnie Hammons, with the Crossville Police Department.
The Gates hope officers will catch the crooks, so no one else has to go through the same thing.
Police have a clue - the burglars left behind a knife after the first break-in.
If you have any information, call Crossville Crimestoppers at (931) 200-1173.
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