My apartment was broken into once. It was during my college internship, so the apartment was furnished and I didn't have much beyond my clothes anyway. The guy that broke in, went through the couch cushions, took my jacket out of the closet and searched through the pockets - finding nothing. He emptied out my piggy bank, but didn't take it since it was only pennies. My jewelry box was small enough he could just grabbed the whole thing, instead he went through it and took my high school class ring and a costume jewelry ring, leaving behind the gold earrings and bracelet that were actually worth something. He also took some tickets I had laying on my dresser, but I don't think he really wanted to go to a lecture at my college.
Then, he stuck his head out the window, right as my neighbor was walking by. She realized something was up, walked downstairs to another neighbors apartment, and called the polic. Because he had backed into the parking space, they were even able to give the police his license plate.