Del Mar Heights break-ins reportedly on the rise

Posted at 11:16 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 02:34:42-04

A Del Mar Heights family is hoping the urn with their dog's ashes in it will be recovered after thieves stole it. 

They didn't want to go on camera, but said while they were at lunch, someone broke into their house and stole thousands of dollars' worth of stuff, including the urn that had the ashes of their family dog Cooper inside.

Out of all the things taken, they want this back most. 

Frank Stonebanks lives nearby and says several home break-ins and other property crimes have made everyone nervous. 

"[The urn] probably looked like a very expensive ornamental container and something he could take to the pawn shop and get $30 for and that's what these guys do," Stonebanks said. 

According to the FBI Crime Index, Del Mar has one of the highest property crime rates in San Diego County.

Stonebanks wants something to be done before anyone else loses a piece of their family. 

"The cops are fantastic, but they will tell you they are overworked and they are stretched incredibly thin," he said. "And frankly I find it incomprehensible that we're talking about a new Chargers stadium when we can't even provide enough police coverage in this area." 

The community has started a neighborhood watch and plans to have their first meeting in two weeks.