HOUSTON - After a dream and great detective work, a woman's prized family heirloom was found and returned to her.

Patricia Nguyen thought she had lost a 150-year-old jade pendant forever after it was stolen from her.

The pendant has been in her family for generations.

"It passed down to my aunt, passed down to my sister and I lost my sister three years ago." she explained.

The pendant symbolizes luck and took on even more significance when Nguyen discovered she has cancer.

After her first day of chemotherapy, she returned home to find it ransacked and the pendant along with many other items were stolen.

"I don't know how much it costs right now, but for me, money can't buy this again." she said.

Nguyen posted surveillance pictures of the suspect on Facebook and Precinct 2 deputy constables hoped it would help bring in leads.

"Nobody could identify this guy, nobody could identify him." said Sgt. Robert Sanchez with the Harris County Precinct 2 Constable's Office.

The suspect can be seen on Nguyen's home surveillance footage.
The suspect can be seen on Nguyen's home surveillance footage.

The story soon took a strange turn.

Nguyen said she had a dream of her deceased sister. She said in the dream her sister told her the pendant would be found.

Just two days later, she received a call from deputies saying a Pasadena police officer not only recognized the suspect but caught him too.

Detectives recovered stolen items from multiple homes including Nguyen's pendant.

Stolen items found by detectives 
Stolen items found by detectives 

Nguyen said she is calling it a miracle.

"I just cried because I don't know why things happen with my dream and on Friday, they caught him...I don't know if anyone believe in a miracle, but I did." she said.

Stolen items found by detectives 
Stolen items found by detectives