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2 high-powered rifles stolen from Marine's home

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 21:09:12-04

El Cajon police are desperately looking for the thieves who stole two high-powered rifles from a Marine's home.

Nadia Bernal and her boyfriend, who is in the Marine Corps, came home Monday afternoon to a ransacked house.

"These men and women put their lives on the line for this country, and for somebody to do something like this …," Bernal said.

She added, "Every drawer was pulled out, everything was just on the floor."

The thieves took not only took her jewelry, they took her jewelry box. They also stole a laptop and her son's PlayStation 3.

Bernal pointed to an empty stand that used to hold three of her boyfriend's swords. Those are also gone.

"They saw boxes of ammo, so they started looking," she said.

The thieves eventually found the weapons for that ammo -- an MK22 and AR-15 under the bed.

Bernal is terrified just thinking about whose hands those weapons will land in. What brought her to tears is the Marine graduation ring belonging to her boyfriend that is now gone.

"The ring, we can always order another one, but the memories behind it, his comrades and the people he graduated with, people that he fought with … that can't be replaced, he can't get that back," Bernal said.

Her boyfriend's name, Edvin Garrido, is engraved in the ring. Most of what the thieves took, Bernal said, can be replaced. There is one thing that cannot.

"They didn't just take material stuff, you took the security of our home. You took the safety of our home," said Bernal.

Neighbors saw a newer model BMW that was either black or blue parked in front of Bernal's house for about an hour the day of the burglary.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call El Cajon police.