Just-released police reports reveal what thieves took from Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price's home in June.
Police say the thieves got in the home through an unlocked door. They ransacked Price’s home trying to get into, what police described, “an extremely large safe" but couldn't. They did steal a $5,000 watch and a pistol.
In 2011, the FBI found nearly $230,000 cash in a safe when agents raided Price’s home in a corruption investigation. He was found not guilty in that investigation.
The June 22 break-in happened in broad daylight sometime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. According to the police report, the thieves got into Price's home through an unlocked door and “ransacked" the home. They managed to steal a high-end watch described to have Nelson Mandela's face on it with an estimated value of $5,000.
According to the police incident report, the thieves "removed an extremely large safe." They damaged a dryer to get at it. They "pushed (the safe) through the house out the back door” and caused a significant amount of damage.
In the driveway, the thieves "attempted to break into the safe with a small sledge hammer but were unsuccessful." The thieves also ransacked a smaller house in the back of the property and stole a 9mm handgun. They left behind a shotgun and the sledge hammer.
Various people were coming and going from the home on Monday, but no one answered the door when FOX 4 knocked. Commissioner Price did not return our phone calls. He pulled into his driveway late Monday afternoon.
A woman who identified herself only as Macey lives next door and had good things to say about the neighborhood and Commissioner Price.
“We care about each other. We're a community. We're fortunate. We look out for each other,” she said.
Police haven’t revealed if they have any suspect. But the fact they targeted the safe may relate to something that happened at Commissioner Price's home in June 2011 when FBI agents raided the house and pulled a large safe out of it.
Among other things, the safe contained nearly $230,000 in cash. Six years later, the raid led to a trial on public corruption charges.
In April 2017, a jury found Price not guilty on several charges and failed to reach a verdict on four others, effectively ending the case.
According to the police document, Price has a security camera system but it was not operating. They also check other security cameras in the neighborhood and apparently found nothing on those either.