Crime

Burglars break into Santa Maria home while family is sleeping

Early morning burglary in Lavigna neighborhood

Burglars break into Santa Maria home while family is sleeping

SANTA MARIA, Calif - A Santa Maria community is feeling a little less safe after a home was broken into early Thursday morning while a family slept inside.

"As we were in bed sleeping, we were woken up to some footsteps in the living room area," said a resident named Kathy, who did not want to give her last name. "I saw a guy walk through my living room. I saw the guy, he didn't see me."

Sometime after 1 a.m., two men broke into her home on Chianti Lane in the Lavigna neighborhood and started going through the house.

"These guys were just rummaging through my living room looking for whatever they could take," said Kathy.

Kathy is not sure how long the men were inside before she woke up.

"We were so sound asleep, we didn't hear anything," said Kathy. 

At some point, she woke up to the sound of footsteps just feet away from her and her husband.

"They came literally into my room," said Kathy. "Grabbed my phone, I didn't hear him grab my phone, went through my purse, took my wallet and makeup bag. Opened my top drawer, my husband's wallet was in there. They took that."

Unsure of what to do, she simply stayed quiet and did not wake up her husband. She was able to see one of the men before they left.

"I saw a guy walk through my living room. I saw the guy, he didn't see me," said Kathy. "He was wearing a blue hoodie, with a hoodie hat on his head, blue jeans and white tennis shoes and I didn't see his face."

The crime has put the family on edge.

"It's scary," said Kathy. "It's frightening. I don't wish this on anybody. I feel like I was violated, especially standing at my bedside, taking my phone right next to me. I feel like I was violated."

Neighbors describe the gated housing complex as quiet and safe. Kathy said she hasn't heard of any similar crime taking place in the community.

After the harrowing experience, she now has advice for her neighbors.

"Make sure everything is locked, get security cameras and just be aware."

The family did call police, who arrived within minutes, and filed a report.

"I just hope that don't try to get into anybody else's home," said Kathy. "I hope they get caught. I hope the police get them."


comments powered by Disqus

Top Local Stories