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Video of mystery Encinitas man may be tied to break-ins

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 20:58:46-05

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) — A homeowner's security alert led to a 911 call and a painful discovery at a neighbor's North County home.

On Pacific View Lane just after 8 p.m. Thursday, surveillance video shows a man wearing gloves and a backpack trying a locked back door before leaving. The homeowner saw it unfold remotely and called 911. An hour later, across the street, Chris Gregg returned home to evidence of a break-in.

"You're violated. You're scared. You're mad," said Gregg.

Among the missing items: Electronics, cash, watches and jewelry. More than a hundred pieces were taken. Some of them were family heirlooms, including a watch Gregg wore on his wedding day. It was a 21st birthday present from his mother, who passed away last year.

"It's the thought I still had it and would wear it on special occasions, and now I can't," said Gregg.

Also gone is his wife's pearl necklace, which belonged to her mother. She died 19 years ago.

"She broke down ... my wonderful wife. It's a hard thing," said Gregg, choking back tears.

Gregg fears others have felt or will feel the same hurt. A few days ago and not far away, surveillance video shows a man with a similar appearance riding a bike stolen during another break-in.

"He's a professional. He's not going to stop. He's going to keep it up," said Gregg.

Gregg's total loss was more than $20,000. If you have any information on the case, call the Encinitas sheriff's station at 760-966-3500.