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The smell of rotten food was the first thing Tressa Smith noticed when she got home from a nearly two week out of state trip on Monday. The smell of rotten food was the first thing Tressa Smith noticed when she got home from a nearly two week out of state trip on Monday.
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The smell of rotten food was the first thing Tressa Smith noticed when she got home to Coeur d'Alene from a nearly two week out of state trip on Monday. When she opened her front door and saw food that had been in her freezer was now on her stairs, she immediately called the police.

Police believe the break-in happened on either Saturday or Sunday near E. Stiner and N. Honeysuckle Drive. Someone kicked the back door in and ransacked the entire house before getting away with medicine, jewelry, a few small electronics, and more than two thousand dollars worth of guns.

"It's an invasion of privacy. You feel your whole life has crumbled to pieces, especially when you have children, and you just feel like you have to watch your back, it's heartbreaking," said Smith.

Smith was back in her home on Wednesday for the second time since calling the police, looking through the mess to see what all has been stolen. The burglary has created a fear of uncertainty and the entire family has been staying with relatives.

Coeur d'Alene police say home burglaries have gone up since last year, and this particular burglary fits the description of most. Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood told KHQ criminals will capitalize on everything, even Smith's four registered guns. 

"People that are stealing them don't care about that. They'll trade them for drugs, they'll sell them on Craigslist, they'll sell them to each other. So, they're not that concerned if they're registered."

While Smith doesn't agree with police, Officers investigating the case say this could have been done by someone they knew, especially considering it happened while the family was out of town.

"People will very innocently put out on their Facebook site, 'Hey I'm going to be out of town' and they'll post pictures of their vacation. That's a real fun thing to do for your family so they can see how much fun you're having, but I think people need to understand that you're really broadcasting worldwide that you're not going to be home, and burglars will certainly take advantage of that," says Sgt. Wood.

While police investigate, for the Smith family, the next step is to clean up and make sure they're more prepared in the future.

"We're going to put a security system in. We're going to replace the back door with a metal door and we're just going to take extra steps to be more cautious," says Smith.

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