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Thieves raid home while kids sleep, puppy missing

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 21:18:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A dog owner is making desperate plea for the return of her puppy after a burglary at her Spring Valley home.

"Up all night crying ... I can barely see through my eyes," said Ashley Morales.

The Morales' family dog Snuffles, a 4-month old Pekachu, was inside their condo just after 9 a.m. Sunday. Two of Morales' children, ages 11 and 13, were sleeping in a bedroom when the strangers broke in. She and her husband weren't planning on being gone long. They were going to the grocery store to buy items for breakfast.

Morales and her husband left the door unlocked, and that is how the intruders got in. A neighbor called them during their shopping trip to report something suspicious.

When the couple got home less than an hour later, they made a terrifying discovery. Their bedroom was ransacked. A few feet away, their kids' bedroom was untouched. The door had been shut and her kids had slept through it.

"We ran upstairs and hugged our kids. This could have turned out so much worse," said Morales.

Deputies say the suspects were captured in a neighbor's surveillance camera, which shows them walking in and out of the condo. In one clip, a woman is seen walking out with what appears to be a television. Morales say they also got away with a box of her jewelry.

"Some of the jewelry my father gave me before he passed away," said Morales.

But Morales says her most painful loss is her puppy, which was nowhere to be found. Morales believes the intruders took him.

"My dog doesn't leave anywhere. If he had gotten out, he would have stayed close to home. I felt like one of my kids was kidnapped. I just want my dog back," said Morales.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Rancho San Diego sheriff's substation at 619-660-7090.