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Thief breaks into Point Loma kitchen while family sleeps upstairs

Posted at 5:18 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 21:22:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Point Loma woman says while her family was sleeping, someone was in her home stealing from them.

Tucked away on a hill along scenic La Crescentia Drivel, the serenity was interrupted when Teresa Cesear and her husband got up around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"Panic, absolutely panic," said Cesear.

Cesear says her purse and laptop bag — computer inside — were not where she had placed them on her kitchen stool.

Reality quickly set in. Those items didn't disappear on their own.

"My entire personal and work life were in those two bags. Then came the fear and sense of violation," said Cesear.

The violation happened quietly as she, her husband, and her grown son slept.

"The police said that they must have looked in the window. There's a nightlight in the kitchen, so they see my laptop and purse and somehow got this locked kitchen door open," said Cesear.

Among the missing items were credit cards, keys and one special key: The original key to her 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

"Really sad ... It's an important part of it because it's a very unique key," said Cesear.

The break-in is the second burglary in her cul-de-sac in the past few months.

"You feel like a little bit of innocence is gone," said Cesear.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.