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Home near 12 South ransacked by burglars

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Police released these photos of a man who they believe to be a suspect in the case. Police released these photos of a man who they believe to be a suspect in the case.
Police say one of the suspects is believed to drive a black Infinity G35. Police say one of the suspects is believed to drive a black Infinity G35.
The home on 10th Avenue South was ransacked during a burglary. The home on 10th Avenue South was ransacked during a burglary.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Two roommates returned home only to find burglars had ransacked their belongings.

Lizzy Campbell and Missy Griffin live on 10th Avenue South near the 12 South neighborhood. Both travel for their jobs and left their home empty last week.

Campbell returned to the house Thursday and realized someone had beaten her to it.

"I took about two steps inside and just stopped," said Campbell, who quickly called her roommate.

"We had been robbed," Griffin said." Not just mildly robbed. Extremely, terribly robbed."

The residents said the thieves stole "everything of value" – items ranging from power tools to family heirlooms to hair dryers. Campbell said one of the thieves even used her deodorant. They estimate their losses at nearly $20,000.

The burglars also must have been hungry - they left the kitchen in total disarray.

"They went through lemonade, Gatorade, water, made some soup, had some crackers," Campbell said. "You kind of wonder how long they were in here."

Apparently long enough to let their hair down, according to the women. The thieves also hit their liquor shelf, leaving empty glasses around the house.

"They clearly set up shop, made drinks, put on a Mardi Gras mask, and went through everything," Campbell said.

The roommates lived through this ordeal in December when someone stole their flat-screen television. A property manager installed motion light sensors, but Griffin said the house definitely needs more "unsightly" protection.

"We might suggest getting bars on our windows," she said.

The women moved to the up-and-coming area approximately a year ago because they said the neighborhood seemed insulated from these very crimes.

"We love the neighborhood, we love the house," Griffin said. "It's just a shame it doesn't feel safe anymore."

A neighbor across the street told Channel 4 she had also been hit by burglars in the last year.

Police continue to search for the suspects, but Griffin and Campbell say they're hopeful.

The thieves left three pairs of gloves and stole Campbell's credit card. Campbell tracked activity at a liquor store on Charlotte Pike, where owners are reviewing surveillance footage.

The ladies said they think burglars hit their home because they knew the pair traveled frequently.

"It's unfortunate it will take this to get to know our neighbors and I think that's a big thing you can do is just be mindful of one another," Griffin said.

Here are some other safety tips for travelers:

  • Postpone any deliveries and temporarily stop mail.
  • Remove any spare keys left outside (i.e. under the doormat).
  • Avoid posting on social media about your travels.

On Tuesday, Metro Nashville PD released photos of one of the suspects. The man was wearing blue and orange shorts with a white shirt and is believed to drive a black Infinity G35.

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