Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News
Dallas County's top crime fighter was victimized at his home by a car thief.
Dallas County's district attorney truly took his work home with him Thursday night.
District Attorney Craig Watkins confirmed that his black 2003 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 500 was stolen from his garage.
DeSoto authorities said he called 911 at about 7:30 a.m. after he discovered his sport utility vehicle had been stolen. The gate to a security fence was smashed.
But Watkins also admitted that he is partially to blame.
Watkins, who lives on a gated piece of property in DeSoto, said he often leaves his keys inside his rare luxury sport utility vehicle and his garage door open.
DeSoto police said thieves took advantage of that at about 7:22 p.m. Thursday. They drove the SUV right out through the front gate of Watkins' property.
Watkins said neither he nor his wife heard anything because their bedroom is on the opposite side of the house.
Brand-new Mercedes G-wagens cost more than $125,000 now. Watkins has had his vehicle since 2003, when the approximate price was in excess of $82,000.
Desoto police said they are following several leads in the case, and Watkins has expressed confidence in their investigation.