GREENBELT, Md. (WJLA) - For Silver Spring resident barber Shajee Tahaw-Wur, the late August fire that burned through his apartment was only the beginning. He never expected the theft that followed.
"You feel like you've been violated," said Tahaw-Wur. "These guys got away with a lot -- they got away with a lot, you know?"
On the burglar's list - his wife's $4,500 engagement ring, 60-inch flat screen television, two laptops, and a piggy bank containing $50 in odd change.
"We already didn't have a place to stay, didn't have nothing to eat, clothes to wear, and then you come in like vultures," he said. "I can't believe this happened to me."
Thieves also hit ground floor resident Kenita Sullivan's apartment, whose four-year-old son was killed in a May car crash.
"After what happened to me in May, I feel like I have to start all over again," she said.
"We're talking about things that we can buy, but we worked hard to get those things," added yet another theft victim, Selvin Garcia.
Garcia believes that better security would have prevented the burglars from taking his wife's jewels.
"The fence should have been up the first day or the second day, and security should have been here from that time," he said.
CIH Properties owns the complex, and told ABC 7 News off-camera that it hired private security to stand guard, but couldn't tell us exactly what day that firm started watch. Still, they hope a resolution comes quickly.
In a statement from Kevin O'Malley, President of CIH Properties, he writes:
We were saddened and disappointed to learn of the break-in committed against our residents. This is an on-going police investigation and we are hopeful that it will be brought to a speedy resolution.