Burglars steals family heirlooms, hurts family dog

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - An upset burglary victim says she didn't get emotional when she saw the surveillance video, until she heard what the intruders did.

Just off Applewood Drive around 4 p.m. Sunday, Michele returned home from grocery shopping with her 7-year-old daughter.

"I saw the bedroom was in complete disarray, grabbed my daughter and said, 'Let's get out of the house right now,'" said Michele.

Ring doorbell video shows what happened: three men cased the home, then approached and hopped over her fence. Moments later, the three bag-toting men ripped off the screen of a back window and climbed in.

The sound of Michele's dog, a 10-year-old Miniature Schnauzer named Trixie, is heard barking and then there is another noise: a pained whimpering lasting more than five seconds.

"Something was done to her to cause her pain.  It brought me to more tears than knowing we'd been violated," said Michele.

About half an hour later, two of the men are seen leaving through the window, swatting at and toppling a camera on the way out.

They would make off with electronics, a handgun and dozens of pieces of jewelry, including some priceless family heirlooms. Also gone was Michele's diamond and platinum wedding ring set.

"There was sentimental value for sure," said Michele.

But Michele says she's thankful Trixie wasn't hurt badly. She also says missing the burglars by minutes was a literal blessing because she had stopped at church for a few minutes before coming home. 

"Really blessed to have God's protection," said Michele.

Michele posted the videos on the Neighbors by Ring app, in hopes of tracking down a trio of brazen burglars.

"They clearly knew what they were doing. Now we know there is a weapon in their possession," said Michele.

If you have any information on the case, call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or El Cajon Police at 619-579-3311.

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