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Kearny Mesa family says thief injured pit bull during home break-in

Posted at 5:02 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 21:19:48-04

SAN DIEGO - A Kearny Mesa family is feeling more than just robbed after they say a thief hurt their pit bull.

"I'm a little pissed off," said Frank Huerta. "Basically, you feel paranoid now."

Huerta also feels violated. Last Friday, his daughter discovered their home on Meadow Lark Drive ransacked.

"She saw the window open and this thing was thrown to the side," said Huerta.

A next door neighbor's surveillance system shows a young man walking by with his skateboard several times and walking up to the home. The camera doesn't show him actually entering through the open window, but the family said he did and helped himself to sentimental jewelry.

"It was my daughter's wedding ring," said Huerta.

Worst yet, Huerta said the thief even hurt the family's pit bull, Haze.

"The poor dog had a knot on the nose where he hit him," said Huerta.

Huerta said Haze looks mean, but he's harmless.

"The guy must have gotten startled, seeing that big dog," Huerta said. "[His] first reaction [was] probably to smack him."

This isn't the only recent crime in the neighborhood. Huerta said police told him there have been three other break-ins. On Sunday, across the street from Huerta, someone cut out the top to a Ford Mustang and stole the speaker system.

Neighbors are now sharing flyers to help catch the suspected thief.

"You've been violated basically," said Huerta. "No one wants to leave me alone anymore."

Huerta said he plans to install surveillance cameras of his own, as soon as possible.

Anyone with information on this case should call the San Diego Police Department.