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Man raids Rancho San Diego home while boy waits in U-Haul

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 09:17:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A thief with a U-Haul truck and young accomplice made off with a haul at a home in Rancho San Diego.

Sue Sobke and her husband returned to their home on Calle Deposito Saturday night and found their patio sliding door shattered.

"Just a violation. A lot of fear and panic," said Sobke.

Inside, two rooms were ransacked. The jewelry box in her bedroom was emptied of hundreds of pieces. Many of the piece were sentimental, one in particular. Her father, a World War II veteran, bought her mother a gold ring while in China after the war. Both of her parents have passed.

"Felt close to her ... means my mom and how much I loved her. How much my dad loved her ... now it's gone," said Sobke.

Her mission to get it back could depend on a piece of surveillance video. The video shows a U-Haul truck making a turn near her home. Neighbors spotted it parked in front of her home.

"They saw a man in my backyard, in his 40s, fit and wearing a hat," said Sobke.

Sitting in the truck was a boy about 12 years old.

"A neighbor saw the boy in the truck listening to music. He waved at him and drove off," said Sobke.

Whether the boy was used as a lookout or diversion, Sobke can only shake her head.

"It's clever. I'll admit that. No one would suspect a young boy waiting for his father. It's horrible, training him," said Sobke.

The training may not be over. Detectives told Sobke that a U-Haul truck has been seen near other break-ins in the area.

"For about three weeks, they've been chasing this U-Haul truck," said Sobke.

A sheriff's department spokesperson says the burglary has not yet been linked to any other cases.