Thieves ransack house after partying, looting

Posted at 11:44 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 02:44:30-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) – A Chula Vista family came home to their house completely ransacked by burglars.

“It was a total mess,” homeowner Eric Deas said. “It was like a hurricane came into my house.”

Deas says he left for his aunt's house around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. When he got back around 3 p.m. he found that someone had tried to get into his backdoor, then smashed a window to get in.

The thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics. But they also raided his fridge, drank his alcohol, and ate his food. They trashed his house, dousing his floors and furniture with booze.  Deas even found feces in the upstairs bathroom. 

"They didn't flush," he said.

He also found a shoe in his aquarium.  About ten of his prized fish were dead.  He thinks the thieves dumped wine in the fish tank.

“It looked like they had a good time,” he said.  “They had a party in my house. Unfortunately, it was a 'damage party.'”

A neighbor’s security camera caught a white BMW park in the neighborhood. Then it appears of group of teens got out of the car and started walking towards Deas' house. The video was taken in the same time frame of the break-in. It was hard to make out faces or a license plate, but Deas thinks its video of the party bandits.

The intruders also took something very sentimental from him.

“My mom wrote me these handwritten notes. She passed away two years ago,” Deas said, “Things that sad, 'love you, ma.' It was personal.”

Deas doesn't think he will get them back.

“I call them punks; they don’t deserve to be people. I want them to know they picked the wrong house,” Deas said.  “(They) will be caught. (They) will be found.”