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Family heirloom stolen during Spring Valley home fumigation

Posted at 11:33 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 09:06:59-04

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) – Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary in Spring Valley that happened while a home was being fumigated.

The break-in happened at a home within a senior community on the 1800 block of Sweetwater Road, according to San Diego County sheriff’s officials.

According to the victims, a fumigation tent went up at the home on Monday, and the thieves entered the home around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officials said the burglars gained entry by slicing the fumigation tent and taking out the screen of a window. The windows were left open as part of the fumigation process.

Surveillance cameras captured the thieves rummaging through the home. The burglars grabbed cash and jewelry, including a safe. They also stole a family heirloom.

"My grandfather had given me an antique coin that was almost 100 years old," said Kim Allen, who lives in the home with her mother. "And I just looked at that coin the other day, and I said I was going to give it to my granddaughter. It's a dollar piece, a silver dollar piece."

Allen said the thieves also stole an Apple Watch and a purse.

"They were young; this is not the road (they) should take, taking other people's things. I'm hoping they're caught," she said.