Police are searching for four burglars who stole several heirlooms and Christmas presents after accessing a Pasadena home through a doggie door, authorities said.
The burglary occurred about 1 p.m Friday at a house in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue, according to Lt. Jason Clawson of the Pasadena Police Department.
Surveillance video shows four men carrying away stolen items for almost two hours, police said.
The thieves “made several trips; the trips only took between two and five minutes,” said Griffin, who declined to be identified by his last name. The homeowner lives in the house with his wife and their two children, ages 4 and 8.
Griffin said all of the family’s Christmas presents were stolen, as were televisions, the children’s piggy banks, Griffin’s wedding ring, his grandfather’s World War II medals, his father’s Vietnam medals and ribbons, and even his parents’ ashes.
“We had a pretty ornate box with my parents’ ashes in it,” he said. “My own siblings put me in charge of my mom and dad, and I failed them and that makes me actually feel bad.”
Police said they are following several leads in the case.
“We have great descriptions and video” of the burglars, Clawson said, adding that the number of similar crimes have increased in Pasadena during the past year.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department.