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Thief steals trailer, belongings of hospitalized grandmother

Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 21:30:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A heartbroken Allied Gardens homeowner is pleading for the return of a stolen trailer
 which contained the belongings of her hospitalized mother.

When Erin Rose went out to the driveway of her home on Delbarton Street Friday morning, she froze.

"My heart just dropped into my stomach. I felt nauseous," said Rose.

Missing from her driveway was her 5-ft x 8-ft trailer. Drag marks revealed how it left the home.

"You can see it extends all the way to the street ... and to the intersection," said Rose.

Rose had locked up the trailer in two places. The only thing she found were the remnants of one of the locks.

"Just heartbreaking and sad," said Rose.

The trailer contained all the belongings of her mother Gail, 74, a part-time San Diegan recently hospitalized in Wisconsin with a heart condition. Rose had been storing her mother's belongings since buying a home months ago.

"That's all my mom has left. Now she has nothing," said Rose.

Inside the trailer: furniture, household items, and some jewelry, including family heirlooms. There was also a lifetime of photos. Most of them haven't been digitized. Rose waited a week to tell her mother, until she was strong enough to receive the news.

"She cried, she cried. She knew she couldn't get stressed out, couldn't get her heart rate up. Right now she's focusing on her health. Hasn't really hit her she's going to come back to nothing," said Rose.

Rose is now hoping to change that by making a plea for tips.

"I just want when she comes back to be able to have her photos on her nightstand. I know she'd really, really love that," said Rose.

The white Cargo Express trailer has the word 'Tucson' written in black on the side. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-580-8477.