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Intruder raids apartment, steals 'priceless' pendant as Hillcrest man showers

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 09:47:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - As a Hillcrest man showered in his apartment, an intruder was helping himself to a "priceless" pendant.

The surveillance video that Ramon Castillo has seen countless times remains hard to watch.

"Scary and very disturbing," said Castillo.

In late June on a Monday morning just before 9, Castillo was showering in his apartment on 3rd Avenue. What he didn't know know: he wasn't alone. When Castillo got out of the shower after 20 minutes, the screen door which had been locked was completely open.

Surveillance video revealed why. In it, a man pauses at the door and somehow gets past the screen door, before quietly raiding the apartment.

Among the items stolen were speakers and a safe from a bedroom closet. Inside the safe: cash, personal documents and jewelry, including a silver pendant containing the ashes of her mother. She passed away in 2015 from an accidental drug overdose.

"I can't replace that. It's the last thing of my mom and now I don't have anything," said Castillo.

The thief who snatched it was in and out in about five minutes. He was seen driving off in a sedan. Castillo say the burglar had to have heard the shower running and went in anyways.

"He didn't think twice about it. I fear for the next person he goes after ... he might harm someone," said Castillo.

If you do have information on the case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.