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Woman's poetry, personal information stolen from car at Escondido apartment complex

Posted at 9:35 AM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 12:35:53-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - An Escondido woman is offering a reward for information that leads to the return of her poems and other belongings.

On Wednesday, Lindsey Garcia’s car was locked and parked in a gated lot at her grandparents’ Escondido apartment complex in the 700 block of N. Broadway. She said she left her laptop, personal poems and her children’s electronics inside.

Garcia was at the apartment complex to visit her grandmother, who was mourning the loss of Garcia’s grandfather. Garcia planned to go inside for a moment but became tied up with her family.

When she came back to the car, her things were gone. It is believed the thieves used a special tool to pry a door open.

Garcia also said a folder containing her children’s birth certificates, shot records and Social Security cards were also stolen in the break-in. Garcia told 10News she had the documents because she was about to register her children at a new school.

“Yeah, I had all that stuff in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Garcia said.

The theft of her poetry has shaken Garcia. She said she began writing poems at age 8 when her mother died. She turned to poetry again when her grandfather passed away on Tuesday.

“It’s a way out for me and a lot of that stuff was personal,” Garcia said.

Garcia is offering a $1,000 reward to get her belongings back.

“In my head, I was thinking, ‘Do those people know what I’ve gone through today?’ If they did, would they still have done it?” Garcia said.