Intruder raids Del Cerro bedroom while woman sleeps

Posted at 4:51 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 21:31:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A homeowner woke up in her Del Cerro home and realized a burglar had been in her room, stealing from her.

Just off College Avenue, Kathleen Wavra was sleeping in last Monday morning. Feeling sick, she had taken medication with a sleep aid. Wavra, who is deaf in one ear, was sleeping on her "good ear."

She says something jolted her out of sleep around 9:30 a.m.

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"Startled and stood up and looked immediately at my dresser and saw the missing jewelry boxes," said Wavra.

All three jewelry boxes were gone. A panicked Wavra quickly found this: Her front door open with the locks and wood splinters on the ground. The wooden door is about 25 years old.

Police believe the intruder either kicked or shoved his way in. Sometime during a two-hour window, the intruder had gotten inside and into her bedroom.

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"To know someone was in my bedroom, snuck into my bedroom while I slept ... I'm terrified and horrified," said Wavra.

Wavra is also heartbroken. Hundreds of pieces of jewelry worth tens of thousands of dollars was taken, including her husband's wedding band and dozens of family heirlooms belonging to her mother, who has passed.

"It's so difficult. I wore her jewelry honoring her memory, and I was looking forward to passing it down to my daughters and grandchildren," said Wavra.

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Wavra says she never realized her front door was so vulnerable, or she would have bought a new one long ago.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.