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Thieves break through front door, steal 'priceless' heirloom

Posted at 5:42 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 21:00:11-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - A burglary victim is making a plea for the return of a priceless family heirloom after thieves forced open her front door and raided her Carlsbad home.

Joanna Bradford returned home last Thursday and saw her front door open and damaged.

"My heart started beating, immediately nervous and called police," said Bradford.

Bradford eventually discovered a ransacked bathroom and bedroom. A new iPad and some jewelry had been stolen, including a gold-and-silver Omega watch belonging to her father, who passed away in 2013. He bought it in the 70s and wore it to work every day.

"I would put it on, look down, and see my dad. He was with me whenever I was wearing it," said Bradford.

Bradford's Ring doorbell camera revealed clues about who made that watch vanish.

Just before 10:30 a.m., a man wearing a blue shirt and sunglasses rings the doorbell with his knuckle. He then leaves and comes back with a backpack. That's when the motion-activated camera stops.

In the next video, that man and another man are seen emerging from the home with backpacks, before getting into a vehicle, possibly a light-colored GMC Acadia SUV, and driving off. Another vehicle, possibly a light-colored Audi A2 Hatchback, leaves at the same time.

"They knew what they were doing. They've done this before, and they will absolutely do it again," said Bradford.

If you recognize the men in the video, you're asked to call Carlsbad Police at 760-931-2197.