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Homeowner 'Glad' Nothing Stolen After Police say Woman on House Arrest Tried to Break-In

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Concord, VA - It's a call Clarice Hobson says she never expected to receive from her husband.

Hobson was at work when ADT Security Systems tried to contact her. There was no answer, she says, so they called her husband.

"He got a call from ADT and they said, 'your alarm is going off.' He turned around and came back and he found out that someone had tried to break into our home," said Hobson.

Police got a call about a home security alarm going off around lunchtime on Wednesday in the Concord Estates neighborhood. Several neighbors who didn't want to appear on camera tell ABC 13 a woman was spotted in the wooded area behind their homes. The Campbell County Sheriff's Office arrested Katie Hyatt later that evening. She's charged with attempted breaking and entering, which is a felony.

Campbell County investigator Tracy Emerson says Hyatt was under house arrest when she tried to break into the home with an ankle bracelet to monitor her movements.

Sarah Taylor, a nearby neighbor to Hobson, says she didn't see anything random that day.

"It's such a nice neighborhood and moving into this neighborhood I didn't think we'd have things like this happen here," said Taylor. "It's hard to think it could happen this close to home."

The Concord woman has a laundry list of allegations against her in recent months, facing more than 30 charges including burglary, larceny, and breaking and entering spanning multiple localities, including Lynchburg, Campbell County, Amherst County and Bedford County. Hyatt owned The Burnt Orange Consignment Store in Lynchburg. It closed last October after police originally charged her. At the time, detectives seized items from that store they believe were stolen.

"I'm just glad she didn't get to steal our stuff," said Hobson.

Hyatt's attorney, Abram Pafford, tells ABC 13 his client is innocent and that the only time her ankle bracelet showed her not at home was when she was with deputies.

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Hyatt is in jail being held without bond.

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