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Burglar turns acrobat to get inside La Mesa home

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 21:48:35-04

LA MESA, Calif. - A La Mesa woman is amazed and fearful after a burglar performed acrobatic feats to get inside her two-story home.

After a day of work on Labor Day, Maria said she returned to her house on Torrem Street and found her home ransacked.

"I freaked out. It was a complete mess, a complete violation of privacy," said Maria.

Amid the mess, she discovered all her jewelry -- worth several thousand dollars -- missing.

Maria was even more upset when she found out how the burglar got in.

It appears the intruder climbed onto a concrete wall and scaled the 5-foot fence above it. That's when the degree of difficult started to climb.

Once inside the yard, there was another fence.

Police found a footprint on the 5-foot wooden fence. The burglar likely stepped on it before somehow launching himself 5 feet above to the roof. There were no ladder marks anywhere in the yard.

"It was brazen and he had to be pretty athletic," said Maria.

The most eye-opening feat was yet to play out. The burglar scrambled across the roof, and at the edge, a body-bending move -- somehow working a hand through the slightly open window several feet off the edge -- and popping a screen before going inside.

The reaction from the officer?

"He's like, 'Wow, that's a pretty tough place to get inside. That wasn't easy,'" said Maria.

It's an incredible feat that makes Maria incredibly nervous.

"My windows are closed and locked," said Maria. "You shouldn't have to dread coming home, but that's the way it is and you have to get past that."

Maria said she lost dozens of pieces of jewelry, including some she was storing for her mother.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call La Mesa police.