Burglars ransack La Mesa home, steal dead mother's rosary

Posted at 6:01 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 21:01:55-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - A brazen break-in has left an East County man without a priceless keepsake that belonged to his mother.

Jarrod Gerardot and his husband Joel returned to their home on Jackson Drive Sunday evening and found a smashed patio door. Every room was ransacked.

The thieves stole more than 10 pieces of jewelry, including their engagement bands. 

But it's the item stolen with a watch case that sparked the most emotion: a rosary belonging to his mother - worn during the viewing - after she passed from breast cancer in 2009.

As it turns out, just before the burglary, a young woman rang their doorbell and asked for a name the couple didn't recognize. Gerardo now believes she may have been casing his home.

A neighbor saw two young men in baseball caps leave the home with a pillow case before driving off in a white hatchback.

The missing black-beaded rosary was in a white pouch labeled, "My rosary." If you have information on the case call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.