SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A new mother got a big surprise when she walked into her garage in Linda Vista: A ripped fence and a missing, pricey bike.
Kristen Farias had just put her 3-month-old daughter in the car early Thursday evening when she noticed her garage door was open. She and her husband have lived at the City Scene condo complex for eight years.
"Felt violated. Something just didn't seem right," said Farias.
That something was a hole in a fence that separates her garage from her neighbor's. All of her belongings were untouched, except for something expensive: a Cannondale R500 triathlon bike - loaded with accessories - valued at some $2,000.
"You just feel icky. Someone knows how to get into your belongings and take your stuff," said Farias.
In this case the 'how' included the neighbor's garage door accidentally left open. The thief got into that garage and cut open up the shared fence. Detectives told Farias of a rash of other incidents.
"Four times in the same area in the past month," said Farias.
In each of the cases, the burglar somehow broke into one garage, then went to work on the fence.
"Just means people are lurking in the neighborhood, following you and seeing when there is an opportunity. That's scary," said Farias.
Farias says the thief knew exactly what he wanted, leaving behind less expensive items. Her big fear is what could happen when the thief strikes the next time. She can't help but think she and her baby could have walked in on the burglar.
"Makes me sick to my stomach. Who knows how it could have went," said Farias.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.