A brazen daytime break-in sometime Tuesday afternoon has left homeowners Miranda Riley and Jeff Parenteau feeling shocked and violated, with many unanswered questions.

The couple said they were still processing the events of March 23, when a thief broke into their home, ransacked furniture and stole many personal items.

Parenteau thought the burglar might have been experienced, knowing where people tend to store valuables in their homes. He “hit all the hot spots,” he said, stealing family jewelry, heirloom knives and also random items, such as cheap shop lights and even Girl Scout cookies.

“When we noticed the Girl Scout cookies were gone,” Parenteau said, “I thought, 'This is weird.'”

In all, Riley estimates that approximately $3,000 to $4,000 worth of items were stolen, and added that this is what they know of so far.

Also among the items taken was a Savage .308 rifle, expired medications and a bottle of Jack Daniels. Parenteau said it was strange that the thief took his favorite liquor but left a $90 bottle of Scotch next to it and thought the thefts seemed personal to him.

“It feels like they were just doing it to hurt us,” he said.

The theft was discovered by Riley’s children when they got home from school Tuesday afternoon and noticed a sliding pocket door left open, and then discovered items thrown about inside the house. Parenteau said the house was locked and the thief broke in through the back door, and exited out a basement door.

The thief seems to have been quite tall, Riley added, as he was able to get items from the back of a kitchen cabinet above the refrigerator.

One neighbor, Parenteau said, did notice a four-door “sparkling” blue sedan parked on the side of the road Tuesday afternoon halfway between the two houses, but did not think anything of it.

The couple said they appreciate the community support they have received through posts on Facebook and ask people to keep spreading the word. They also said to keep an eye out for cars parked in strange, out-of-the-way places — they could be a sign of someone up to no good.

“Snap a picture of the plate,”  Riley said. “You don’t have to ask questions,” but it could help police in their investigation.

She said nothing was broken during the burglary, adding that some of the stolen items were intended for her daughter someday. In a Facebook post Riley wrote, “They weren’t worth a substantial amount, but you stole moments I had planned for years.

“Also in your heartless acts of emptying drawers to be explored later, you took every piece of priceless bead necklaces and bracelets my children made when their hands were still small. I cherished them.

"If you have any compassion or human decency maybe put them in a plastic bag and drop them off with the rest of my irreplaceable things that will have no value to you. You know where we live."

Detective Merle Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said because it is early in the investigation process, no information is being released at this time.

If anyone in the community comes across any information relevant to this case, he said, they should call the Sheriff's Office at 338-6786.