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Crimetracker maps burglaries in Normal Heights

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A local pet photographer is in shock, after a burglar broke into her home and stole thousands of digital photos. She contacted the News 8 CrimeFighters, because those photographs are an important part of her life.

"He's my service dog with me 24 hours a day."

Normal Heights photographer Tamandra Michaels loves her dog Borias. The German Shepherd helps her get around town in her wheelchair.

Last week, a burglar broke into Tamandra's home while she was out walking with her dog.

"He took my own tools out of my shed," she explained. "He was able to get the dead bolt bent enough to jack the door open.

Tamandra takes photographs of pets for a living, operating out of her home studio off Adams Avenue.

The burglar got away with a brand new camera, computers and an external hard drive with more than 15,000 digital photos.

"Thousands of my own dog that I can't replace. It just tears my heart up. That's like a piece of my soul," said Michaels.

A neighbor reported seeing a small, bluish gray car in the neighborhood when the crime happened.

The News 8 Crimefighters ran the numbers for burglaries in Normal Heights over the past month within a one mile radius of the intersection of Adams Avenue and 32nd Street. The Crimetracker map shows 33 burglaries all within the past 30 days. On average, that's more than one burglary per day.

Tamandra is hoping the burglar will see this report and return the hard drive with her photos - no questions asked.

"They meant so much to me," she added.

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